The Holocaust Memorial Center presents Anne Frank: A History for Today. Developed by the Anne Frank House, the exhibition is sponsored in North America by the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect. The touring exhibition will be open to the public through June 4, 2017 at the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus in West Bloomfield.
The story of Anne Frank and her family is juxtaposed against world events before, during and after the rise to power of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. The exhibit includes photographs of the Frank family and the other occupants of the Secret Annex and shows how people were persecuted by political decisions and by the actions of individuals. Implicit in the exhibit are the themes of scapegoating, bullying, antisemitism, racism, ethnic cleansing, and genocide.
The exhibition introduces visitors to the events leading up to World War II, and the government directed killings of Jews, persons with disabilities, Poles, Roma and Sinti (Gypsies), gay men, and others. The exhibit depicts individuals who chose to join the Nazi party and become perpetrators, those who were bystanders, as well as those who were willing to resist Nazi tyranny.
The lessons of the past can serve as warnings — and guides — for the future. The Holocaust Memorial Center’s hope is that exhibit visitors are challenged to take an active role in their community and government. The recurrent nature of prejudice, discrimination, violence, and genocide means that each of us must work toward furthering a just, inclusive society.