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February 21, 1986 - Image 25

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-02-21

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Anne. Frank Remembered

Anne Frank, a brave little Jewish
girl who in the face of the Nazi horrors
retained her faith in humankind, will
be the subject of a photographic ex-
hibit opening Sunday at the main
Jewish Community Center.
The exhibit is comprised of nearly
800 photographs with texts; original
manuscripts from Anne's notebooks in
which she detailed her family's exist-
ence as it was hidden from the Nazi
criminals; a model of the secret
Amsterdam annex in which the Frank
family hid; and an audio-visual pre-
According to one of the staff coor-
dinators, Marjory Ansell, who with
Joyce Sosin is involved in publicizing
and doing outreach for the exhibit, the
photographs were collected from West
German and Ihdch archives and from
relatives in Switzerland and West
Sen. Carl Levin and Rep. Sander
Levin met with representatives of the
Anne Frank Center in New York to
encourage them to bring the exhibit
here. "They (the Levins) were eager to
bring it to Detroit," Ms. Ansell said.
_ The exhibit is produced by the
Anne Frank House and the Frankfurt
Historical Museum. Its Detroit area
stay is sponsored by the Burroughs
Corp., Comerica Inc., Jewish Welfare
Federation/United . Jewish Charities
and Michigan Bell Telephone Co. It is
presented under the apices of the
Detroit Chapter, American Jewish
Committee, which arranged for the
Detroit sponsors. Meijer Inc. is a bene-


Thanks to the efforts of Sen. Carl
Levin and Rep. Sander Levin, Detroit
has been chosen as one of 30 sites to
feature the Anne Frank exhibit.



Local News Editor

The exhibit will be at the Jewish
Center from Sunday through March. 9.
At 8 p.m. Saturday, there will be an
opening night reception. On Sunday,
Ambassador Edward Marks will give a
lecture at 2 p.m. at the Center on "Ter-
rorisxn" in conjunction with the ex-
hibit. The film, The Diary of Anne
Frank, will be shown at 2 and 8 p.m.
Tuesday at the main Center. There is a
nominal fee. On Wednesday at 7:30
p.m., professor and author Nechama
Tee will speak on "Christian Rescue of
Jews in Poland."
Following its stay at the. Cater,
the exhibit will move to the University
of Michigan4)earborn, March 14-21.
Hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday
through Friday and noon-9 p.m.
Saturday and 'Sunday. The Detroit
Historical Museum will be home to the
exhibit March 28-April 16. Hours are
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through
Ms. Ansell said the exhibit is
being moved to the various local sites

Germany, in 1929. When the Hitler
madness made it impossible for Jews
to live in Germany, Anne and her fam-
ily moved too Amsterdam, Holland. But
as the Nazi war machine moved into
Holland; once again the Franks had to
flee. They hid in a secret annex above
Frank's offices. For two years the fam-
ily remained there, depending on
sympathetic Frank employees and
friends to bring them food and news of
the outside world. But it was to end
tragically for the Franks, for the Nazis
were informed of their whereabouts.
• They deported the occupants L.- the
Franks, the Van Deans and a dentist
— to the death camps. Of all those who
lived in the attic, only Otto Frank sur-
vived. He died in 1980 at age 91.
Today, the Anne Frank House at
263 Prinsengracht in. Amsterdam is a
For three area residents, the ex-
hibit will have a,special appeal. Esther
Posner of Southfield resided in Hol-
land during the war. Dr. ' Irene Butter
knew Anne Frank casually and Paul
van den Muysenberg, consul to the
Netherlands in Detroit, recalls hiding
refugees from the Nazis during his
younger" days back home.
MIL Posner said she believes it is
important for people to see the exhibit
for two reasons. First, she said, it ex-
plains what happened in Holland and
to Dutch Jews specifically, and the ex-
hibit alerts the public to an often-
neglected story of the Holocaust era.
"You don't, hear too much about what
happened to Holland," she said. Sec

because "no one site could take it for
the length of time it will be here." In
addition, she said it was felt that a
greater portion of the community will
be able to see the exhibit if it travels
throughout the area.
Response to invitations to the
seven school districts, Jewish organ-
izations and church groups is running
"about, 50:50." Church and school
groups from as far away as Lake Orion
and St. Clair Shores are expected to
view the exhibit.
The exhibit originally- opened on
'June 12, 1985, which, if she were still
alive, would have been Anne's 56th
birthday. In Congress, Rep. Sander
Levin sponsored a joint resolution de-
signating June 12 as Anne Frank Day.
The current tou. commenced in
December in Miami, and will continue
in 30 cities throughout the U.S., fol-
lowed by showings in Tokyo, London
and Jerusalem. ,
The daughter of Otto and Edith
Frank, Anne
was born
, in Frankfurt .


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