Why An Exhibit on Anne Frank?
Anne, is an extraordinary new exhibit created by the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance on the life and legacy of Anne Frank.
Almost everyone thinks they know Anne’s story. It is often referred to as a “window to the Holocaust” because it makes tangible the inconceivable nature of the systematic murder of six million Jews.
The circumstances of Anne and her family were not unusual. Anne was one of a million and a half Jewish children who were murdered during the Nazi Holocaust simply because they were Jewish. But, the legacy of her diaries and essays is the ultimate lesson to confront anti-Semitism, fight hate, and speak up against persecution in the world today.
The Anne Frank Fonds of Basel, Switzerland, a strategic partner and supporter of the exhibition said, “This is the most important exhibition about Anne Frank. For the first time the history of the Jewish family is, with context and a meaningful educational approach, comprehensively conveyed through Anne Frank’s works.”
The Anne Frank Fonds Basel was founded by Otto Frank in 1963 as universal heir and owner of the estate.
Overview of Anne
Anne, a 60-minute experience narrated by Academy Award®-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld, brings to life the story of Anne Frank through immersive environments, unique artifacts, multimedia presentations and exciting interactive elements.
We learn the details of Anne’s life in her own words as we witness her happy childhood and the ominous threat of the Nazis that forces her family into hiding.
We watch, listen and feel her innermost thoughts, fears and hopes in an emotional experiential filmic dramatization of her room in the Secret Annex – and then we learn of the arrest and imprisonment of everyone in hiding.
The exhibit culminates with the Interactive Action Lab where we reflect on what we learned about Anne’s legacy and are challenged to tackle some of the issues Anne addresses in her writing-- remarkably relevant still today. As Anne once wrote, “How wonderful it is that no one has to wait but can start right now to gradually change the world.”
Inside the Anne Exhibit
- A 60-minute experience narrated by Academy Award® -nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld
- Filmic dramatization of Anne's room in the Secret Annex
- Reproduction of original diary
- Facsimile of handwritten loose leaf sheets
- Interactive Action Lab