Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Anne Frank exhibition

"Anne Frank: Her Life in Letters" exhibition opened this week at the Amsterdam Historical Museum.

According to an Associated Press story out of the Netherlands, "It is the first time the letters have been collected in one place for public display. They include all but a few of the surviving letters Anne is known to have written."

Among the stained and tattered letters and postcards is an envelope on which she drew a stamp.

More than 100,000 Jews - 70 percent of the community in the Netherlands - were deported to camps after the German occupied the country in May 1940. Most died in gas chambers, and were among the 6 million Jewish victims of Nazi genocide.

The Franks, along with the Van Pels family and another man who lived in the Prinsengracht "secret annex," were betrayed by an unknown informant and arrested in August 1944.

Anne died in the Bergen-Belson concentration camp in 1945. She was 14.

To read the entire article, click here.

For more on the exhbition (which can be seen thru September 3), click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 PM