Anne Frank: A History for Today
The University of South Carolina, in conjunction with the Anne Frank House of Amsterdam, Netherlands, the Anne Frank Center of New York, NY, and the South Carolina Council for the Social Studies is sponsoring professional development for teachers the first weekend in May. The Anne Frank House staff has taught students about Anne Frank and the Holocaust at 3000 sites in 90 countries over the last three decades; their powerful and innovative approaches to education can not only enrich instruction about Anne Frank and the Holocaust, they are applicable to many other subjects as well.
South Carolina has been selected as one of three regions in the United States for a special traveling exhibit, Anne Frank: A History for Today. South Carolina also seeks to develop master trainers who can support the exhibit around the state. In addition to the one day seminar for teachers, a special training session will be held for prospective master trainers on Thursday, May 2nd.
The goal of this traveling exhibit is to educate visitors of all ages about the consequences of intolerance and urge taking action to create a society based on mutual respect.
The life story of Anne Frank is the centerpiece of this exhibition. The family’s story reflects world events prior to, during, and after the period of Nazi dictatorship. The exhibit juxtaposes photographs of the Frank family with images of historical events at the time to show how persecuted people such as the Franks were affected by political decisions and the actions of individuals.
Anne Frank: A History for Today encourages visitors to learn more about scapegoating, anti-Semitism, racism, ethnic cleansing, and genocide as well as human rights, democracy, and conflict resolution. Moreover, the exhibit challenges the viewer to learn about international human rights laws and standards as defined by such documents as the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights and Convention on the Rights of Children.
Lastly, the exhibit invites visitors to engage with current events and to take an active role in their communities and government. The final exhibition panel tells the stories of ordinary persons, from all walks of life, who have experienced racism, intolerance, and discrimination on a daily basis. These stories allow the visitor to question how differences between individuals are addressed and inspire the visitor to work towards a more just, inclusive society.