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Anne Frank

Anne Frank

A History for Today

January 29, 2006 to May 28, 2006

Anne Frank’s diary, with its poignant account of her family’s years of hiding during the Nazi occupation, has touched millions around the world. This exhibition provided the background to that personal story as it presented the rise of Germany’s Nazi party from as early as 1929, when it began to unleash an onslaught of harassment and discrimination against Jews. This tragic history is the setting for the lives of Anne Frank and her family, who fled from persecution in Germany, seeking refuge in the Netherlands.

The display is interspersed throughout with eyewitness accounts of individuals who recount their personal experiences. The exhibition included material that allowed viewers to reflect on issues in today’s world, with an emphasis on the importance of human rights, individual responsibility, and — like the voice we know from The Diary of a Young Girl — wisdom and courage in the face of adversity.


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

Spertus exhibitions are made possible, in part, by a CityArts Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, The Mayer & Morris Kaplan Family Foundation, The Harry and Sadie Lasky Foundation, The Francis L. Lederer Foundation, Mrs. Jacob Cohn, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Related programming for Chicago Public School students is supported by Polk Bros. Foundation and the Relations Foundation.

This exhibition and its related programming generously supported, in part, by the Zell Center for Holocaust Studies at Spertus, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, and the Royal Netherlands Consulate General.