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Anne Frank: A History for Today

As the world remembers the Holocaust, the Merage Jewish Community Center brings national exhibit to Orange County shedding new light on Anne Frank’s enduring legacy

Published Monday, March 19, 2018

Anne Frank: A History for Today

As the world remembers the Holocaust,
the Merage Jewish Community Center brings national exhibit to Orange County shedding new light on Anne Frank’s enduring legacy

April 11th marks Yom Hashoah on the Jewish calendar. Commemorating the victims of the Holocaust, it is literally called "Day of (Remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism." Every year Jews around the world remember the tragedy and the victims, as well as the heroes of the war.

This year, the Merage Jewish Community Center (JCC) remembers the Holocaust through one of the most powerful and well known memoirs of the war: Anne Frank’s diary.

The Diary of Anne Frank, published in Amsterdam in 1947, was one of the earliest written accounts introducing the world to one family's experience during the tragic years of Nazi tyranny. Its hard truths and enduring message of courage and hope in the face of adversity has reached millions.

While we are familiar with Anne Frank’s story, the Merage JCC is shedding new light on the story of Anne and her family and the time. The JCC brings a national exhibit straight from The Anne Frank Center in New York City. The Center, founded by Otto Frank, Anne’s father and the sole survivor of the families locked in the annex with Anne, only recently made the exhibit available for travel.

 

About the Anne Frank:
A History for Today Exhibit

The exhibit tells Anne’s story using excerpts from her diary, stories of her family, those who hid with her, and those that helped the family. Photographed by their father Otto, images of Anne and Margot Frank growing up, are interspersed with images from the family’s photo albums, and of Anne’s own red plaid diary.

Visiting the Exhibit

Volunteer docents are providing free 45-minute guided tours. Groups and schools are invited to attend as well. Recommended age is 10 years old and above.

The public is invited to visit the free exhibit March 27-May 6 at the Merage JCC in Irvine. Tours can be booked through Cheryl Duzman, cheryld@jccoc.org.

About the Merage Jewish Community Center of Orange County

Located on the Samueli Jewish Campus in the hills of Irvine, the Merage JCC serves more than 2,850 member families, welcoming both Jews  and non-Jews alike. Boasting an onsite preschool and day camp, fully-equipped theater and art studio, state-of-the-art fitness and aquatic center and the fourth largest JCC gymnasium in North America, the JCC is the hub of Orange County’s dynamic and fast-growing Jewish community offering programs, classes and events for all ages. To take a tour or for additional information contact us at 949-435-3400, One Federation Way, Irvine CA 92063 or visit www.JCCOC.org.