I’d urge any schools interested in citizenship and Holocaust education to pop along to the Anne Frank Trust Exhibition ‘Anne Frank and You’ currently at St Mungo’s Museum until the end of June – it’s well worth a visit.
In what would be the year of her 90th birthday, the exhibition brings into focus Anne Frank’s messages for today’s generation. The exhibition launch was attended by young people, their parents, and representatives from other interested organisations. It was officially opened by Eva Schloss, Holocaust survivor and founder of The Anne Frank Trust, and Lord Provost of Glasgow, Eva Bolander. There are panel boards with questions and reminders of the consequences of racism, hatred and discrimination suffered by the likes of Stephen Lawrence, and victims of the Rwanda genocide. There is a replica room, constructed to the very dimensions of the one where Anne would write her diary Digital displays and photographs illustrate the horrific brutal functionality inflicted by humans on other humans as they were ‘processed’ towards their deaths.
The launch evening on June 8th was coordinated by young people from St Mungo’s Academy, Lourdes Secondary and Hillhead High School, who expertly hosted the evening, introducing speakers, providing entertainment and giving a vote of thanks. What a treat to listen to Eva Schloss, whose family endured a similar fate, and has become inter-twined with the Frank family. Eva’s family fled Austria, and she described living in the ‘Hinterhaus’ in hiding, and the friendship between herself and her brother, and Anne and her sister. Although Eva and her mother survived the Holocaust, her father and brother did not. Eva has not stopped sharing her message for the past 60 years and is especially focused on engaging with young people, to raise awareness of the devastating consequences of prejudice and discrimination.
The exhibition will be of interested to all Vision Schools, as well as anyone interested in this aspect of citizenship, or Holocaust Education – please do try to make it along. Entry is free and it’s well worth it.