The life of Anne Frank

by Anonymous Author

Selwyn residents are being invited to attend the latest travelling exhibition at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand in Hornby.

The exhibition, Let Me Be Myself, is the life story of Anne Frank, which is touring New Zealand to challenge prejudice and racism.

Anne Frank was a German-born diarist and one of the most high profile Jewish victims of the Holocaust in World War II.

She gained fame posthumously with the publication of The Diary of a Young Girl in which she documented her life in hiding from 1942 to 1944, during the German occupation of the Netherlands.

She and her family were eventually discovered, and Anne and her sister Margot ended up in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp where they died.

The Let Me Be Myself exhibition was created by the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and has already visited 80 countries and been seen by more than 10 million people globally.

It arrived in New Zealand in 2018 and opened at the Auckland War Memorial Museum in January, where it engaged more than 35,000 visitors in just three short months. Using a combination of excerpts from Anne Frank’s famous diary, historical artefacts, pictures, video and testimony, the exhibition walks you through the life of the Frank family and the history of the era, before engaging visitors in discussion about how the same themes affect the modern world.

Including the experiences of teenagers today, the exhibition talks about disability, prejudice, homophobia and racism in the 21st Century and challenges the visitor to examine their own core moral values.

With additional material bringing the Kiwi experience into sharp focus and an education programme for schools designed by HCNZ, the exhibition aims to promote tolerance and good citizenship in New Zealand.

The educational programme, which forms part of the exhibition, provides peer educators (year 11–13 students) from various Christchurch schools to guide each school group through the exhibition.

The exhibition will be at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand until September 21.