Exhibition in Shanghai Tells Story of Anne Frank

Friday, 27 January 2017

Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum launched an exhibition on January 23 about Anne Frank, the Jewish teenager known by her posthumously published diary about her time in hiding from the Nazis.

The exhibition, held in the Ohel Moishe Synagogue on Changyang Road, will run for a year. It has been arranged by the Anne Frank House, an Amsterdam museum.

Thirty-two exhibition boards in both English and Chinese tell the story of her life with many photos that are exhibited for the first time in the city. Some of Frank’s most renowned quotes — written in a hidden annex in Amsterdam — are displayed.

“The girl was sending a message that racism, indifference and lack of courage can destroy individuals and families,” said Anneke Adema, Consul General of Netherlands in Shanghai.

Adema said Shanghai could well resonate with the message because it once served as a safe harbor for Jewish people. About 23,000 Jews who fled Nazi-occupied Europe found shelter in the city during World War II.

The consulate of Netherlands will organize activities during the exhibition and invite schools to the exhibition to enable the young generation to know about her history, she said.

Frank and her family went into hiding in concealed rooms behind a bookcase in the building where Anne’s father worked in July 1942. The family was arrested by the Gestapo in August 1944. Anne was only 15 when she died of typhus in the German concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen.