The Commission brings to Georgia the internationally acclaimed, award-winning exhibition Anne Frank in the World: 1929-1945. Using over 600 photographs and 8,000 words of text, this exhibition tells the story of Anne Frank- a young, popular and precocious girl- and her family, following them from freedom in 1920's Germany, to exile in the Netherlands, to hiding in a secret annex above her father's business in Amsterdam, and finally, to death in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Following them against the background of the events that culminated in World War II, the occupation of the Netherlands and the judgments of the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg, the exhibition enables children to experience in a more personal way, the horrors of the past and the hope for the future. It shows the terrible costs that unbridled prejudice, hatred and discrimination can impose upon a nation and its people. It also shows the wonderful, almost miraculous changes that even a small number of people can bring about when they embrace tolerance, promote diversity, and persist in seeing the goodness in humanity.
The Georgia Commission on the Holocaust's Anne Frank Project is currently hosted by the city of Sandy Springs. The space includes:
- Anne Frank in the World: 1929-1945 photographic exhibit
- "The Short Life of Anne Frank" video presentation
- Witness to the Holocaust: WWII Veteran William Alexander Scott III at Buchenwald photographic and essay exhibit
- Virtual Tour of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam
- Replica of Anne Frank's Room
- "Witness to the Holocaust" sculpture series by artist Devorah Sperber
- Middle and High School student artwork
The exhibit is open to the general public. Admission is free.
Selection of Visitor Comments
"It was very informative and a great civil service provided by Sandy Springs."
"Seeing the exhibit made me realize that we should never let history repeat itself. We are our brother and sisters keeper!"
"This visit helped to tie those memories together and made me want to go out with renewed vigor to combat racism, bigotry and prejudice."
"This was a very poignant and moving exhibit. I am heartened to see this effort to help us remember. The visit helped me want to go out with renewed vigor to combat racism, bigotry and prejudice."
"So good of the Sandy Springs community to hold this exhibit and offer it to people to come and see the horrors that took place and the courage of those who resisted and survived. We must never forget!"
"The essence of the Holocaust was captured in a profound manner. The story and history recaptured and told in a memorable manner. An excellent example of the tragedy of our dark history."
"I really commend whoever organized this exhibit. Everyone should be required to see it. Very profound..."
"Great educational tool that all generations should see. I will tell others about the exhibit."
"Thank you for the much larger and more informative and educational exhibit than we expected. One of the best exhibits we have seen."
"Every student needs to see this exhibition. It should be mandatory curriculum."