Anne Frank ex­hi­bi­tion opens

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By YU RAN in Shang­hai yu­ran@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The Anne Frank — A His­tory for To­day ex­hi­bi­tion kicked off at the Shang­hai Jewish Refugees Mu­seum on Jan­uary 23.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, which tells of the story of the late Jewish woman An­nelies Marie Frank, one of the most prom­i­nent vic­tims of the Holo­caust, will run for a year. It is co-funded by the Con­sulate Gen­eral of the King­dom of the Nether­lands and the Shang­hai Jewish Refugees Mu­seum.

Or­ga­nized by the Anne Frank House in Am­s­ter­dam, the ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures 32 ex­hi­bi­tion boards in both English and Chi­nese which tell the story of her child­hood in Frank­furt and Am­s­ter­dam. Many of the pho­tos on dis­play, which de­pict the lives of the Jewish com­mu­nity dur­ing World War II, are be­ing ex­hib­ited for the first time in Shang­hai.

“The girl was send­ing a mes­sage that racism, in­dif­fer­ence and lack of courage can de­stroy in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies. Shang­hai could well res­onate with the mes­sage be­cause it once served as a safe har­bour The Diary of a Young Girl.

Ac­cord­ing to her diary ac­counts, Frank and her fam­ily started seek­ing refuge in a se­cret an­nex in the Prin­sen­gracht 263 build­ing in July 1942, with the door to this an­nex hid­den be­hind a book­case. Frank and her fam­ily were later ar­rested by the Gestapo in Au­gust 1944.

Her fa­ther Otto Frank, who was the only sur­vivor, re­turned to Am­s­ter­dam af­ter the Ger­mans were de­feated and found that one of his helpers had saved Frank’s diary. He worked to have the diary pub­lished in Dutch in 1947 be­fore an English ver­sion was re­leased in 1952. The Diary of a Young Girl has since been trans­lated into 60 lan­guages.

Anne was only 15 when she died of ty­phus in the Ger­man con­cen­tra­tion camp of Ber­gen-Belsen.

GAO ERQIANG / CHINA DAILY

Mat­tie Bekink from the Anne Frank House in Am­s­ter­dam presents a doc­u­ment to the Shang­hai Jewish Refugees Mu­seum at the open­ing cer­e­mony of The An­neFrank—AHis­to­ry­forTo­day ex­hi­bi­tion.

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