“It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
― Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
The words of a young Jewish girl, scribbled in her diary as she hid with her family in Amsterdam during World War II, have held the lessons of the human spirit for generations – a stark reminder of the terrors of the Holocaust, and a story that deserves to live forever.
In March, a traveling exhibit from the Anne Frank Center USA in New York brings that story to life for two months at the Georgetown Public Library.
The 11-panel exhibit, presented by the Congregation Havurah Shalom of Sun City, uses narrative, photos and video to tell the story of Anne Frank from her birth in 1929 to her death in the Belsen concentration camp in 1945.
The panels also include discussion of scapegoating, anti-Semitism, racism, ethnic cleansing, genocide, human rights, and democracy.
“Where there’s hope, there’s life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.”
― Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition
The exhibit may be viewed any time during library hours from March 2 through May 4. Prearranged docent-led tours are available for groups of 12 or more, including school groups. The exhibit text and a 28-minute video are in English and Spanish.
Anne Frank was given a diary on her 13th birthday and, for nearly two years, chronicled her life in hiding until she and her family were caught and sent to concentration camps.
She and her sister died of typhus, but her father, Otto, survived, found her diary and had it published. It has been translated into 60 languages, turned into a Pulitzer Prize winning play, and dramatized on the silver screen in 1959.
For more information on the exhibit and on tours, visit the website here.
“The weak die out and the strong will survive, and will live on forever”
― Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank