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‘Let me be myself’ – The Life Story of Anne Frank

The educational exhibition ‘Let Me Be Myself’ – The Life Story of Anne Frank, tells the story of the young girl in hiding and the holocaust.

It aims to challenge visitors to reflect on more general subjects like identity, prejudice and discrimination.

The exhibition opened on May 17 and runs until May 24. Opening hours are 08:30am-13:30pm (Mon-Fri) and from 4-7pm (Tues/Fri) at the Panos Solomonides Cultural Centre, Panos Solomonides Street 8, Limassol.

Since the launch of the exhibition in 2015, it has become the centrepiece of the international outreach work of the Anne Frank House.

The exhibition is beeing organised by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Nicosia and in cooperation with the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.

Historical content

Anne Frank was a German-Jewish teenager who was forced to go into hiding during the Holocaust. She and her family spent over two years during World War II hiding in an annex of rooms above her father’s office in Amsterdam.

During the time she was in hiding, she wrote in a diary a detailed account of her feelings, later to be published as ‘Anne Frank’s Diary’.

The historical part of ‘Let Me Be Myself’ exhibition enables visitors to identify with the personal story of Anne Frank.

Large-size pictures show Anne’s happy early childhood in Frankfurt, followed by the emigration to Amsterdam.

In a consequent manner, the exhibition connects the personal story of the Frank family with the important historical events of that time: the rise of the national socialists, the isolation and discrimination of the Jewish population in Germany, eventually culminating into the Holocaust.

Several modules in the exhibition show images of the house in the centre of Amsterdam in which the Frank family hid for more than two years.
These modules also contain images and texts about the outside world of that time: the Netherlands under Nazi occupation, the deportations and the concentration camps.

Anne Frank today

The contemporary part of the exhibition contains stories of young people today. It explores four general themes that are drawn from the story of Anne Frank. Identity: How do you perceive your own identity? Is it different from how others perceive you? Individuals as group members: What groups do you belong to? How do others categorise you? Discrimination: What happens if you are not accepted by others? Response: What can we do against discrimination?
In 2017, the exhibition will travel to Larnaca and Paralimni; dates and venues will be announced later through the facebook page of the Embassy: www.Facebook.com/NLEmbassyCyprus

Visit: www.annefrank.org or call the Embassy on 22 873666 for more details.

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