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Anne Frank Exhibit at CDS

Friday, March 30, 2018

Last week, CDS hosted "Anne Frank: A History for Today," an international traveling exhibit that is presented around the world more than 150 times per year. It tells the story of the Frank family against the background of the Holocaust and the Second World War, complete with dozens of reproductions of original photographs, documents, and maps. All of our middle school students got the chance to see it, and our doors were also open to family members, neighbors, and students from other schools.

AnneMarie Y., a Holocaust survivor, was a guest one evening during the week when she discussed her life as a Jewish refugee during World War II. She talked about the spread of prejudice after Hitler came to power, the time she spent hiding in a Belgian convent, and how she and her fellow survivors found the courage to share their experiences with the world.

San Francisco Supervisor Jeff Sheehy (below with AnneMarie) was on hand to present CDS with a Certificate of Honor for our work on this project, commending us for "engaging the larger community...so that we will never forget [the Holocaust] and will continue to exercise our rights and responsibilities as active citizens in a democracy."

Shortly after this school year began, our teachers and staff visited the Museum of Tolerance, where we expanded our knowledge of the Holocaust and the history of oppression around the world. Now, as we approach the end of the year, the Anne Frank exhibit has helped us discuss these topics with our students and the broader school community.

We would like to thank the following people for their vital help on this project:

  • The Dutch Consulate for granting us the opportunity to host the exhibit.
  • The Roelofs family for helping make arrangements.
  • Middle School Director Ed Rhee and Director of Inclusion Anthony Witte for their leadership in organizing this event.
  • Our seventh and eighth grade student docents: Anya A., Ries C., Zaia G., Noa L., Bella M., David R., and Sammy T.
  • AnneMarie for her bravery in telling her story.