The Anne Frank: A Private Photo Album exhibit which opened on December 1, 2012 at the Dallas Holocaust Museum will close on March 31, 2013. In the three months that Anne Frank was with us—and it did feel as if the impishly wise thirteen-year-old was truly with us—more than 22,000 visitors toured the Museum.
Anne Frank is one of the most recognized faces in the world and as author of one of the most read books–which is a compilation of entries into her personal journals and diary–she draws attention. We offered visitors opportunities to write their thoughts and feelings in journals which we made available in the exhibit gallery. As you can guess, most of the entries were from children like Jade, whose entry read:
February 19, 2013
Even though you are not here anymore, I want you to know how big of an inspiration [you are] to us kids. When I started reading your diary (I hope you don’t mind my reading it)… it inspired me, too. Thank you so much. Jade.
As the closing looms, there are now more than 25 journals full of entries. The power of Anne Frank to feather a child’s mind and lead them to a rudimentary understanding of the world’s greatest display of inhumanity, inspired DHM/CET to create its first curriculum trunks.
The Anne Frank curriculum trunks provide teachers with tools to enhance the richness of their programs and lessons to foster creativity and discussion in the classroom. Some of the contents are specifically related to the “Anne Frank: A Private Photo Album” temporary exhibit, such as the teacher guide to the exhibit. However, there are also two graphic novels based on Anne’s story, three DVDs, and a number of books, all selected by our Education Department to inspire the students relate to Anne’s story in new ways. Of course, the trunks also come with a copy of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl for each student in the class.
The Dallas Holocaust Museum’s Anne Frank Curriculum Trunk which is loaned free to DFW area schools.