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Anne Frank: A History For Today


Sat 19 Jun 2010, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 20 Jun 2010, 10:00am–4:00pm
Mon 21 Jun 2010, 10:00am–4:00pm
Tue 22 Jun 2010, 10:00am–4:00pm
Wed 23 Jun 2010, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Kiwi North Museum, Kiwi House & Heritage Park, 500 State Highway 14, Maunu, Whangarei

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: whgmuseum135

The Anne Frank Travelling Exhibition from The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam

The recent death of Miep Gies, the last surviving and best-known helper of Anne Frank and her family, is a poignant reminder of the Anne Frank story.

Miep Gies, along with three other people, kept Anne Frank and her family supplied with food for two years as they hid in a secret annex to avoid being captured and deported by the Nazis during the Second World War.

The Frank family went into hiding in 1942 in a series of cramped rooms at the back of Anne’s father’s offices. They relied on four helpers to bring them their food and other necessities. Mrs Gies was one of these people, risking her life everyday to help the Jewish Frank family keep safe during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam.

It was while she was in hiding that Anne wrote her famous diary, which has become one of the most well known and lasting accounts of the Holocaust.

New Zealanders will soon be able to learn more about Anne Frank and Miep Gies when the Anne Frank travelling exhibition: Anne Frank - A History for Today, is displayed at the Whangarei Museum.

1. The Wailing Wall is part of the exhibition. It is an interactive display screen. We ask visitors to bring their mobile phones so they can text to the wall their response to the question “what are you grateful for”. Their responses are ticker-taped across the screen.

2. We are also collecting buttons for the commemorative sculpture project – which is to collect 1.5 million buttons in memory of the 1.5 million children who died in the holocaust. We invite visitors to bring a button which forms part of a display called the “Button Museum” where they can also tell the story of their button, if they want to join in the interpretation. When Anne Frank closes here the buttons collected will form part of that 1.5 million target (and eventually a commemorative sculpture.)

3. There is a photographic competition which runs alongside the exhibition and the prize includes flights to Amsterdam and a visit to the Anne Frank Museum. For more details on the Photo competition please down load details from our website

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