The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand is proud to announce that in 2018-2020 it will host the exhibition “Let Me Be Myself – The Life Story of Anne Frank”. This exhibition contains a chapter in which young people of today address subjects like identity, exclusion and discrimination. The educational programme is based on peer education: New Zealand secondary school students themselves give guided tours.

The Anne Frank exhibition is a message to the young people of today, written by a 15 year old Jewish girl that has become a worldwide symbol for the millions of Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The exhibition will travel around major cities and regional towns throughout New Zealand from 2018. It will begin in February with Auckland Museum hosting till May, from there it will travel to Wellington from May to July hosted by the Dominion Museum, before making its way to Christchurch where the Airforce Museum will host it till September. The year will conclude with the exhibition being in Whangarei at the KiwiNorth Museum. We are very delighted to see this exhibition travel so far in its first year and have many other exciting venues planned for 2019/20.

Making use of large size pictures, the exhibition, “Let Me Be Myself – The Life Story of Anne Frank”, shows the story of Anne Frank from her birth in 1929 up to her death in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945. Each exhibition panel also contains images and texts about the world around Anne Frank: the rise of Hitler, the persecution of the Jews and the Second World War.

The exhibition has several objects on display, amongst them: a replica of the diary of Anne Frank and a scale model of the hiding place. One third of the exhibition is dedicated to stories of young people today; this part also contains several film clips.

The educational programme in “Let Me Be Myself – The Life Story of Anne Frank” is usually conducted by students. Making use of international research by the Anne Frank House in 2013 and 2014 the content and design of the exhibition was adapted in order to best serve the peer educators. Before they start with their work, the guides receive a one day training by HCNZ. The students get to know the content and they learn how to interact with the visitors. They can make use of the educator manual that includes instructions how to convey the content, what questions to ask and how to moderate a discussion.  This has already been successful with 92 guides in the Auckland region, trained to work at the Museum to offer the best service to their peers when they come to visit.

Find out more about “Let Me Be Myself – The Life Story of Anne Frank” here.