The Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park, San Diego, California, will host the exhibition, Anne Frank – A History for Today, currently on tour in the United States.
This multi-panel, traveling exhibition will be on display at the Timken from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. February 7-8. It will be presented by the Anne Frank House of Amsterdam and the Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco and is free to the public.
The exhibition tells the history of the Holocaust and World War II from the perspective of Anne Frank and her family. It is a story of discrimination and exclusion but also of hope and determination. The themes emphasized in the exhibition are inclusion, mutual respect, human rights and democracy.
“On behalf of our board of directors, members, visitors and staff, the Timken Museum of Art, which features a prominent collection of Dutch and Flemish paintings, is honored to be selected as the venue for this partnership with the Anne Frank House and Consulate General of the Netherlands,” stated Megan Pogue, the museum’s executive director. “We encourage the public to come and see this compelling exhibition. It serves as an important reminder for those already familiar with the story of Anne Frank, and it also educates and enlightens young people who are just learning about this inspirational young woman whose extraordinary but short life endures to this day.”
Anne Frank (June 12, 1929, to February or March 1945) was a German-born Dutch-Jewish diarist. One of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust, she gained fame posthumously with the publication of ”The Diary of a Young Girl” (originally, The Secret Annex) in which she documents her life in hiding from 1942 to 1944 during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II.
Anne Frank’s diary is one of the world’s best known books and has been the basis for several plays and films. The exhibition, Anne Frank – A History for Today, is particularly significant since this year — 2020 — marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.
The exhibition was developed by the Anne Frank House of Amsterdam and is currently traveling to select venues throughout the West Coast. Trained San Diego middle and high school students will be at the Timken on February 6 to guide their peers and other visitors coming to see the exhibition. All those attending are invited to share their own thoughts and ideas on the topics that Anne Frank wrote about in her diary.
“The United States and the Netherlands share the same values of tolerance, freedom and inclusion. Therefore, we should challenge ourselves to think about the role of those values in our own life,” stated Consul General of the Netherlands, Gerbert Kunst. “This year the Netherlands celebrates 75 years of freedom after World War II, which is a time to reflect on the freedoms we cherish as a society. Especially in these times when discrimination and exclusion are a much-debated topic once again, the lessons we learned from Anne should not be forgotten. In a recent poll, 22 percent of American youth said they had not heard of the Holocaust, which is why it is so important that we share Anne Frank’s story with youth in San Diego and around the world.”