Anne Frank Exhibit Opens In Oakland

Bob Butler
June 17, 2019 - 10:22 am

A photo gallery featuring Anne Frank has been traveling around the West and opened last week in Oakland.

The exhibit is done in conjunction with the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. It opened on what would have been Frank’s 90th birthday.

“We feel it’s so important to continue to learn from her history because there is this fact that 22% of the American youth they simply don’t know that there was a Holocaust,” said Netherlands consul general of San Francisco Gerbert Kunst.

The goal is to educate students about what happened to Frank, who famously kept a journal while living in hiding in Nazi-occupied Netherlands.

“This is a travelling exhibition for students, done by students,' said Kunst.

There are photos with narratives – some in Frank’s own words -- that explain her life in hiding until her family was captured and sent to Auschwitz. Frank and her sister were sent to Bergen-Belsen where they both died of typhus.

Brett Harte eighth grader Rachel Williams is a tour guide.

“I had known about the Holocaust because it’s part of my family heritage and my parents had told me about it,” said Williams.“This program had helped me understand more of it and the details. I think this is a really good program and I think more schools need to have it”

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf was on hand to open the exhibit in the Dalziel Building near City Hall. 

“I have to say on a personal level that your efforts to ensure that today’s generation are aware of the type of political atrocities that can happen even  under what was a democratic government is something that everyone must be mindful of and fight against,” said Schaaf.

The collection is in the lobby of the Dalziel building until Friday, June 21. It opens at the San Francisco Public Library on July 5. The exhibit has travelled to schools in several western states including Arizona, New Mexico, Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii and California.