A look at the Holocaust through Franks eyes

first_imgThe diary of Anne Frank, a young chronicler of the horrors of the Nazis’ genocide of the Jews, offers a beacon of hope – and humanity – to the millions who read her thoughts, written while hiding with her family for two years before being betrayed and sent to the death camps. Reflecting on her life 75 years after her arrest, and death, is a travelling exhibition that has come briefly to Delhi. ‘Anne Frank: A History for Today’, an exhibition of photographs and archival information, takes visitors to Nazi-occupied Europe during the Second World War as it follows Anne’s journey from homeland Germany to the promise of a refuge in the Netherlands, but back to a German concentration camp. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIn the exhibition’s photographs, a young Anne and her sister Margot are seen growing up from childhood to teenage. Happy family photographs and images taken at school, soon gave way to a dark place in their factory – the secret annexe where the Franks went into hiding. Recorded are quotations from her diary, a small, red-chequered notebook that went on to contain her vivid observations and experiences, and eventually become one of the world’s most popularly-read personal accounts of the Holocaust. During a walkthrough of the well-curated exhibition, the Deputy Head of the Netherlands Embassy in India, Anneke Adema, spoke of Anne’s life and the tragic experience she had. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”We have a tendency to forget history, and people should see these pictures – of Auschwitz, for instance. I heard about it during my life in the Netherlands, but the moment you see it, you feel everything. You see the suitcases of the people who were gassed, the hair, the glasses, kids’ toys and shoes – we have to make it visible,” Adema said. The exhibition is open for public at the India International Centre here till April 29. It is organised by the The Anne Frank House, PeaceWorks and Embassies of the Netherlands and Israel.last_img

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