Anne Frank exhibition held in Dhaka

by Alvee Khan

ANNE FRANK, upon hearing the name we visualize an innocent girl who was exposed to the brutality of war. She is one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
She is widely known for The Diary of a Young Girl, in which she documents her life in hiding from 1942 to 1944, during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II.
The travelling exhibition and education project titled ‘Anne Frank- a history for today’ was on January 20-27, at the Liberation War Museum, Dhaka, organized by the Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The inauguration ceremony started at 11 am in the morning. Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Leoni Cuelenaere, and the foreign Minister of Bangladesh Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, jointly inaugurated the exhibition.
The exhibition contained the pages of the Diary and family album images of Anne Frank.
‘Hatred, bigotry, violence and intolerance have recently creeped back into our society which has led to tragedies like the murder of young Bangladeshis in the hands of extremists,’ said Dutch Ambassador Leoni Cuelenaere at the ceremony.
‘The story of Anne Frank is the story of all wars including the liberation war of 1971,’ said foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali.
A short screening of the documentary film on Anne Frank House In Line for Anne Frank took place for the first time in front of the Dhaka Audience. The exhibition also screened a documentary A Short Life of Anne Frank dubbed in Bengali, at the museum in Agargaon.

As a part of this education project, 20 students and 20 teachers from 120 schools of Dhaka participated in the peer guide training, memory walk and seminar.
The international travelling exhibition ‘Anne Frank- a history for today’ placed the story of the life of Anne Frank against the background of the Holocaust, with extracts from the diary of Anne Frank and photos of the Frank family forming a unifying theme.
The main objective of the exhibition is to show the visitor that differences between people exist in all societies (cultural, ethnic, religious, political or otherwise) and to challenge the visitor to think about such social basic values as tolerance, mutual respect, human rights and democracy.
Various organizations were thanked for making the exhibition a success, such as the Dutch Embassy in Dhaka, the Bangladesh Embassy in The Netherlands, The Liberation War Museum and Counter Foto – A Centre for Visual Arts Dhaka.
After travelling through 80 countries, Anne Frank House brought it to Dhaka, to remind us of the melancholy of war and promote co-existence, respect and tolerance- the values held by Anne Frank herself.

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