Town hosts Anne Frank exhibition

Edwin Jeffries.
Edwin Jeffries.

AN acclaimed exhibition all about the life of Anne Frank is set to go on display in Hartlepool.

Hartlepool Trades Union Council has joined forces with the Anne Frank Trust to bring the exhibition called “Anne Frank: A History for Today” to town later this month.

The exhibition, supported by UNISON Hartlepool and Radio Hartlepool, will be hosted by Hartlepool College of Further Education at their base in Stockton Street.

Organiser say people will get an insight into what life was like as fascism swept through Europe during the Second World War.

The display, which is owned by the Anne Frank Trust, charts the rise of fascism in Nazi Germany and the persecution of Jewish people which caused the Frank family to leave their home in Germany and to flee to Holland before the start of the war.

The exhibition also charts Anne Frank’s life including her two years in hiding with her family in Amsterdam and tragic death in Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp in March 1945, only weeks before it was liberated by British troops.

During her time in hiding Anne kept a diary which was fortunately found by friends in the families’ hiding place shortly after their arrest by the Germans.

It was returned to Otto Frank, Anne’s father, on his return to Amsterdam after the war.

Of the eight people who went into hiding in the annexe, only Otto survived the concentration camps.

He soon realised the significance of the diaries and they were initially published using Anne’s original title for her diaries, “The Secret Annexe”, but soon became universally known as “The Diary of Anne Frank”.

The exhibition will go on display on Monday, June 24 and people will be able to visit until Friday, July 5 between the hours of 9am and 4pm on Monday to Friday and between 10am and 2pm on Saturdays.

The exhibition is closed on Sundays.

Edwin Jeffries, president of Hartlepool TUC, said: “The exhibition covers a wide range of issues and challenges us to consider the contemporary relevance of these issues leading the visitor to a greater understanding of the steps that we can all take as individuals to prevent the rise of prejudice and discrimination in our own communities and workplaces.

“The exhibition is a timely reminder of the horrific consequences of intolerance and hatred.”

Everybody is welcome and for more information call Edwin Jeffries on (01429) 523868 or email: edwin.jeffries@yahoo.co.uk