The travelling exhibition has been touring Australia since 2015 and has been brought to Adelaide by AHMSEC, which opened in Fennescey House, Wakefield St, late last year.
‘Let me be Myself’ tells the story of a young Jewish girl living in the Netherlands under Nazi occupation. On her 13th birthday, Anne is given a diary where she starts to record her daily experiences. A few weeks later her life is turned upside down when she goes into hiding.
For more than two years Anne writes what she thinks, feels, and experiences, providing a vivid and poignant glimpse into her world. Her diary has been translated into more than 70 languages and is the most widely read book about the Holocaust.
Nicola Zuckerman, chair of AHMSEC, said 1.5 million children, nearly all Jewish, were killed during the Holocaust.
“Through the story of Anne Frank, visitors will be encouraged to consider the effects of prejudice, discrimination, hatred, and violence,” she said.
Centre director, Kathy Baykitch, said Let me be Myself connects the personal story of the Frank family with the important historical events of that time: the rise of Nazism, the isolation and discrimination of the Jewish population, which eventually results in the Holocaust.
“It culminates with contemporary stories of discrimination and exclusion, giving voice to today’s youth from various backgrounds and with diverse identities. Through photos and interviews, visitors view how these young people see themselves, how they are viewed by society and what role prejudices play in their daily lives,” she said.
“Seen through the lens of their own contemporary experiences we hope that visitors, and in particular young people, will find connections with Anne’s experience and the contemporary stories to ensure that they themselves are part of a society that would never allow the Holocaust to happen again.
“As memories fade, Let me be Myself is an important reminder of the horrors of the Holocaust and remains more relevant than ever.
“Anne’s story continues to inspire and lift generations up as we continue to learn from the optimism she displayed under terrible circumstances.”
The exhibition is open until October 31, Tuesday to Thursday 1pm-4pm and Sunday 11am- 3pm. Guided tours on Sunday at 10.30am and 3pm. The museum is located at 33 Wakefield Street, City. Bookings essential at www.ahmsec.org.auJump to next article