Each year over a million people visit the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam but not everyone has the luxury of being able to visit the Netherlands. This is why the Anne Frank House has developed this travelling exhibition.
The exhibition portrays the history of the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust in which six million Jews and millions of other people lost their lives. It also shows that the Frank family were respected citizens in Germany, how the Nazi dictatorship made them outcasts and ultimately how Anne, her sister Margot and her mother died in the Bergen-Belsen and Auschwitz concentration camps.
We wanted this exhibition to come to New Zealand to show new generations what happens when discrimination gains the upper hand and that this must never happen again. We added a New Zealand perspective to the exhibition by showing a special documentary Lest We Forget - New Zealand Survivor Stories with interviews of 6 survivors and other connected people.
We also incorporated the Moriah School's Button Project to remember the 1.5 million children who died in the Holocaust. Each button represents a child.
German postage stamp issued in 1979, featuring Anne Frank
As the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust, Yad Vashem safeguards the memory of the past and imparts its meaning for future generations. Established in 1953, Yad Vashem is the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust.