Anne Frank: A History for Today

January 15, 2015- April 14, 2015 | Past Exhibit

During the run of the exhibit, OJMCHE will have extended hours on Wednesday until 8:00pm. 

Additionally, OJMCHE will offer a public exhibit tour on Sundays at 1:00pm and a public talk by a member of our Holocaust Speakers' Bureau at 2:30pm. 

2:30 Sunday Speakers - This Schedule is Subject to Change. Please call ahead on the day of talk to confirm the day's Speaker.

March 29 Artist Henk Pander (Pander's drawings, Hiding, are currently on exhibit)
April 5 No Public Speaker due to Holidays
April 12 Author Trudy Ludwig will speak about her children's book Gifts From the Enemy based on Alter Wiener's story.

Between 1942 and 1944, Anne Frank [born 1929]  hid with her family in an attic in Amsterdam, writing daily in her diary. She did not survive the war and died of typhus in a concentration camp. Anne Frank: A History for Today depicts Anne Frank’s brief life story, abundantly illustrated with family photos and passages from her diary. Her biographical narrative is enhanced by testimony from Holocaust survivors and helpers. Historical context supplements the story through documents and photographs detailing the rise of Nazi power in Germany and the tumultuous events of the Second World War and the Holocaust that followed. 

The exhibit goes beyond the Anne Frank story and encourages the viewer to consider fundamental social values – tolerance, mutual respect, human rights, and democracy – as a way to educate the viewer about our individual and collective responsibilities to understand and respect diversity in our contemporary society. 

A small exhibit of pastel drawings by the painter Henk Pander, called Hiding, will also be on view. These rarely displayed works depict Pander's childhood in Haarlem, barely ten miles from Anne Frank's hiding place.

Anne Frank: A History for Today was developed by the Anne Frank House and is sponsored in North America by the Anne Frank Center USA. 

The exhibit has been generously funded by the Holzman Foundation Inc./Renee and Irwin Holzman. Additional funding has been gratefully received from Nathan Cogan; Lisa Kaner; Leonard and Lois Schnitzer Supporting Foundation of OJCF; Jewish Federation of Greater Portland; Gloria Bacharach and Family; Howard and Wendy Liebreich; Jeanne Newmark; Friends of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial; Multnomah County Cultural Coalition; Oregon Holocaust Survivors, Refugees and Families; the Next Generations Group; Never Again Coalition; and Zeitgeist Northwest.

Community Partners for the Anne Frank: A History for Today exhibit programming includes Home Theatre Systems, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, the Islamic Society of Greater Portland and the Earth & Spirit Council.