Thursday, May 20, 2010

United Kingdom / Jewish Holocaust

Thousands Flock to Anne Frank Exhibition
By Keiron Tourish
BBC Online, May 19, 2010
"A new exhibition on the life of Anne Frank has attracted a huge number of visitors to the Alley Theatre in Strabane. In the first nine days about 4,000 people have been through its doors. The centrepiece is a life-size replica of her bedroom in the secret annexe above her father's business in Amsterdam. This very small area was where the Frank family and a number of Jewish refugees spent more than two years in hiding. They were eventually betrayed to the Nazis in the summer of 1944. It was in this room where Anne Frank kept her diary, committing to paper her hopes and dreams and her thoughts on conflict. People who visit the exhibition pass through a multi-media display which focuses on the themes which dominated the teenager's life. The horror of the holocaust and other genocide around the world is documented. About six millions Jews lost their lives in Europe during the Second World War.
'The story of Anne Frank not only reminds us about what has happened in the past, but also what is happening in society today,' said Kieran McGuire, Chairman of Strabane District Council. 'This exhibition will be an ideal way to inform our community about the need to stand together and support those in society who need our help and support, whilst protecting their human rights. Anne's short life shows us what can happen when hatred and extremism goes unchallenged, we therefore intend to challenge and stimulate discussion within our community about what are the best ways forward in offering everyone an equal place in society today.' [...]"

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