By Jai Breitnauer (on NOTED)

A new exhibition at Auckland Museum on the life of Anne Frank shows how relevant the message of the Holocaust is to a world still riven by intolerance and prejudice today.

Retired Invercargill GP Diana MacLean was a schoolgirl when she picked up a copy of Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl in 1960 and read it cover to cover.

“I didn’t know much about the war, but the life of that little girl really troubled me,” she says. “Here I was alive, with all my privileges, and she wasn’t because of her religion. It was a lot to comprehend.”

On February 8, MacLean was at the official opening of a new exhibition, Anne Frank, Let me be myself, which runs at Auckland Museum until May 13 before heading off on a three-year nationwide tour.

Created by the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam – and already viewed by more than 80 million people globally – it uses photos, letters and artefacts to show how prejudice and intolerance unfolded in Nazi Germany, and includes interviews with young people about their experiences of discrimination today.

Read the full article by Jai Breitnauer on NOTED here.

Read a previously published article, by Keren Cook, on the Anne Frank exhibition here.