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Anne Frank Exhibit at CDS

Monday, March 12, 2018

CDS is proud to be hosting the international traveling exhibition "Anne Frank: A History for Today" at our middle school campus next week. This exhibition, which has traveled all over the world and is presented more than 150 times per year, tells the story of Anne Frank against the background of the Holocaust and the Second World War. Its goals are manifold: to inform visitors about the history of the Holocaust and illustrate the effects of National Socialism on one particular Jewish family; to demonstrate that differences between people exist in all societies and identify the threats posed by people who consider themselves superior to others; and to encourage analysis of the concepts of intolerance, persecution, exclusion, mutual respect, human rights, and democracy, as well as their meaning for us. Our seventh and eighth grade students have received special training from the Dutch Consulate to serve as docents for our visitors.

To provide further context for the exhibit, a Holocaust survivor who lives in the Bay Area will give a speech and hold a question-and-answer session at the 601 campus. The survivor, AnneMarie Y., was born in Chemnitz, Germany, where she lived until her father was arrested during Kristallnacht and imprisoned in Buchenwald. After securing her father's release through false papers, her family escaped to Belgium, and AnneMarie concealed herself in a convent after the Nazi invasion of that country. We would like to thank her for her bravery in discussing her experiences, and we are honored that our students will have the opportunity to hear from her.