The Life Story of Anne Frank Exhibition opens at Alexandra Library

Published on 03 May 2024

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Following a moving opening event, the exhibition titled ‘Let Me Be Myself – The Life Story of Anne Frank’ is now open at the Alexandra Library until 29 June 2024.

Murrindindi Shire Council was honoured to host the official opening on Saturday 27 April. The event was attended by special guests Iet Fuijkschot, Executive Manager Anne Frank Travelling Exhibition Australia, Murrindindi Shire Mayor Damien Gallagher, CEO Livia Bonazzi, Bob Cooper, Friends of the Library Alexandra (FOLA) President, FOLA volunteers and nearly 100 other attendees.

This remarkable exhibition, produced by the Anne Frank House, brings to life the touching story of Anne Frank, a Jewish German girl, and victim of the Holocaust, who is now famous for keeping a diary of her experiences while she and her family were in hiding, avoiding Nazi persecution.

The exhibition is being held at the library from 1 May to 29 June 2024 during usual library opening hours and entry is free. It is suitable for families and highlights prejudice, and discriminatory issues then and now through young voices.

 ‘Let Me Be Myself’ includes eight historical modules that weave Anne’s personal story with the broader context of her time. Visitors will gain insight into Anne’s joyful childhood in Frankfurt, her immigration to Amsterdam, and her life in hiding. The exhibition also sheds light on the rise of the National Socialists, the Holocaust, and the impact of anti-Jewish measures on individuals like Anne Frank.

Explore her extraordinary story and how it’s relevant today through the historical modules, a model of the Anne Frank House, extracts from her diary, Second World War memorabilia and a copy of her diary.

Group bookings and scheduled tours are available. To book in, call the Alexandra Library on (03) 5772 0333.

Click here for more information about the exhibition.

Murrindindi Shire Council’s Mayor Damien Gallagher said "The 'Let Me Be Myself' exhibition is a poignant reminder of the horrors of the Holocaust and a testament to the enduring legacy of Anne Frank's diary. It is vital that we continue to educate ourselves and future generations about this dark chapter in history to ensure that such atrocities are never repeated. I invite community members and visitors to experience the exhibition at their own pace and I’d again like to congratulate Council’s Library Services team for their work in making this exhibition possible for our communities."

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