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Anne Frank Exhibition Reaches Auckland

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Anne Frank
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The first Auckland showing of a three-year national tour of the Anne Frank travelling exhibition opens at Kadimah College next month.

The Anne Frank exhibition will be opened by the Attorney General and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, the Honorable Christopher Finlayson on Sunday April 11, 2010.

Public viewing times are Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-8pm and Sundays from 10am-4pm from April 12-May 12, 2010. The exhibition, which originates from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, was shown in more than 150 cities around the world last year.

It is aimed at people who aren't able to visit the Anne Frank House and the display at Kadimah College provides a unique opportunity for Aucklanders to experience this internationally acclaimed presentation.

Using more than 200 personal Frank family photographs and excerpts from Anne's famous diary, it tells the Anne Frank story against the backdrop of a general history of World War II and the Holocaust. In this way, visitors are able to see how Anne's personal story relates to the global events of the time.

"We wanted this exhibition to come to New Zealand to show new generations what happens when discrimination gains the upper hand and that this must never happen again. Unfortunately it has happened since in Darfur and other places around the world," said Boyd Klap, QSO, Chairman Anne Frank Touring Exhibition.

"I hope this exhibition will lead to a greater understanding of the history of Anne Frank and the Holocaust and that we and our children learn how fortunate we are to live in a country like New Zealand."

The exhibition will also include a new half-hour documentary that tells the remarkable stories of New Zealanders who survived the Holocaust or who helped people to hide.

The film was specially produced by renowned New Zealand documentary-maker, Anna Cottrell with the help of Ian Fraser, giving visitors a uniquely New Zealand perspective on this important historical event.

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