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.