On Anne Frank's 80th Birthday: "Anne Frank: The Diary" Performed at MOT


On what would have been Anne Frank's 80th birthday, the Museum of Tolerance presented a staged reading of Anne Frank: The Diary performed by actress Asli Bayram, adapted to English from her acclaimed performances before European audiences over the past few years. The performance was sponsored in memory of Ambassador Roland Arnall, with support from the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey.

A former Miss Germany, Ms. Bayram's passion for the history and story of Anne Frank reflects her family's own experience with hate violence as Turkish immigrants. When she was only 12 years old, the family's neighbor, a neo-Nazi, entered her home, pulled out a gun, and fired at her and her father, severely wounding her and killing her father. This painful experience has taught her all too well the value, relevance, and importance of the message of tolerance and love found in Anne Frank’s diary: "I want to help prevent such horrible deeds and combat this radical, destructive ideology through my work …" she said. "…I am convinced that if Anne Frank had lived to be an adult and an old woman, these would also have been her thoughts." A Q&A with Ms. Bayram followed each performance.

The performance was held in the MOT's newly renovated Peltz Theater that was generously funded, in part, by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles.

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