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The Anne Frank Travelling Exhibition, Gold Coast

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by Susan Jackson (subscribe)
Gold Coast Explorer since Jan 2010. Always on the lookout for fun, family things to enjoy with my four kids.
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Let Me Be Myself - the Story of Anne Frank
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Let Me Be Myself – the Story of Anne Frank, is a travelling exhibition, touring Australia. It tells the story and historical context of Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl who went into hiding with her family during the Second World War, to escape the Nazis. Now 70 years after her death at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, the exhibition comes to Australia and will be displayed on the Gold Coast at the Katranski Community Hall, behind the Gold Coast's only orthodox synagogue, in Surfers Paradise.

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Anne Frank is known for her world famous diary, The Diary of Anne Frank, which was written while living in occupied Holland. When the Frank family went into hiding, along with four others, they hid in the annex of Otto Frank's office building in Amsterdam, in the heart of the city. During their time in hiding, Anne Frank kept a diary in which she shared her thoughts and feelings. Their hiding place was betrayed in the August of 1944 and the eight people were taken to different concentration camps. Only Otto was to survive. Anne had wanted her diary to be published after the war and Otto fulfilled his daughter's wish. The diary of Anne Frank was published in the Netherlands on 25 June 1947.

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"Let Me Be Myself" contains seven historical modules, which tell the personal story of Anne Frank. The link between the story of the Frank family and the important historical events of the time offers easy to understand connections between the "small" and "big " history, as you view the consequences the anti-Jewish measures had on one young person.

The exhibition can be viewed at: The Karanski Community Hall, 35 Markwell Ave., in Surfers Paradise, from Monday 26 October through to Thursday 1 December. Entry to the exhibition is by gold coin donation, with guided viewing available to schools and groups. For appointments, contact (07) 55701851, E: gchc@westnet.com.au. For more details of the exhibition, visit www.annefrank.org.au.

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Why? Learn about the life and times of holocaust victim Anne Frank
When: Mon 26 Oct to Thurs 1 Dec, 2015. Mon - Thur 9.30am - 5pm, Fri 9,30am - 12pm, Sun 10am - 4pm
Phone: (07) 55701851
Where: The Katranski Community Hall, Surfers Paradise
Cost: Gold coin donation
Your Comment
This young girls poignant account of her life during the Nazi occupation left a lasting impression on me when reading it many years ago.Her diaries speak for the many young people who lived and died during this time.Thanks for your article Susan.
by nanette (score: 2|119) 766 days ago
I`ve now seen this exhibition and can only say- please make a point of seeing it. In the light of to-days sad unfolding of hatred and violence we can and must make a difference or the story of Anna Frank will remain just that. A Story with no lessons learnt.
by nanette (score: 2|119) 724 days ago
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