Anne Frank: A History for Today

On view January 20 through June 4, 2017

Anne Frank with a book

The story of Anne Frank and her family is juxtaposed against world events before, during and after the rise to power of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. The exhibit includes photographs of the Frank family and the other occupants of the Secret Annex and shows how people were persecuted by political decisions and by the actions of individuals. Implicit in the exhibit are the themes of scapegoating, bullying, antisemitism, racism, ethnic cleansing, and genocide.

The exhibition introduces visitors to the events leading up to World War II, and the government directed killings of Jews, persons with disabilities, Poles, Roma and Sinti (Gypsies), gay men, and others. The exhibit depicts individuals who chose to join the Nazi party and become perpetrators, those who were bystanders, as well as those who were willing to resist Nazi tyranny.

Our hope is that exhibit visitors are challenged to take an active role in their community and government. The recurrent nature of prejudice, discrimination, violence, and genocide means that each of us must work toward furthering a just, inclusive society.

Anne Frank: A History for Today was developed by the Anne Frank House and is sponsored in North America by the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect.


Thank you to our exhibit supporters!Visitors looking at the Anne Frank exhibit

Pam and Ken Bloom
Rozie and Bernie Friedman
Sue and Nelson "Nick" Hersh
The Karp Family
Jackie and Larry Kraft
Michael Liebowitz
Denise and Peter Rodgers
Anita and Ken Volk
Henrietta and Alvin Weisberg
Lori and Alan Zekelman