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The girl who had only one wish – war to stop and to come back home and go back to school

In Jewish Cultural Center ''Arie Livne'' on 20 May, 2016 the exhibition ''Anne Frank - History for Today'' was opened, in cooperation with Youth Initiative for Human Rights in BiH, Foundation HIA BiH, The Anne Frank House and with the support of EU and The Royal Netherlands Embassy in BiH. Among guests at the exhibition opening were many public figures from the Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina and representatives of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The exhibition was officially opened by H.E. Jurrian Kraak, ambassador of The Royal Netherlands Embassy in BiH.
Mr. Đorđe Mikeš, Director of Jewish Cultural Center ''Arie Livne'' expressed his gratitude to guests, authors of the exhibition and he emphasized historical importance of the exhibition which is dedicated to Anne Frank, especially for future generations who need to learn more about tragic events regarding Holocaust, whose victims were also children.
The exhibition consists of 32 panels about Anne Frank’s life and her family and 7 additional panels which tell the story of Bosnia and Herzegovina during and after the World War II until today. The exhibition is open for visitors from 10 June, every day (except Sunday), from 10 am to 2 pm and from 6pm to 8 pm. Entrance to the exhibition is free of charge.

Anne Frank was born on 12 June, 1929 in Frankfurt am Main (Germany). Her full name was Annelies Marie Frank. She was born in wealthy Jewish family and among her family members were: parents Otto and Edith Frank and sister Margot Frank. When Nazi came to power, they started persecuting Jewish people and the Frank family was in danger. After the German occupation of the Netherlands, Anne lived hidden from brutal and cruel soldiers in one house in Amsterdam. In order to survive and let go her fear she started to write down her feelings. Her journal which became a worldwide known book later on was her one and only true friend which kept all of her secrets. Generations of young people grew up reading the book ''Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl''. From the book it was obvious that Anne was a cheerful young girl who loved to read, write and to think about other people whose lives were even more difficult than hers. She believed that she was safe and sound, hidden from the outside world and she felt remorse for people who were persecuted and tortured by the Nazi. In her heart she kept memory of her peers and friends who were tortured by the Nazi. Even though she was only 13 years old, she was thinking as an adult and mature person, but with her innocent child eyes she saw all the terrors of war and she tried to understand everything what was happening around her in order to express her emotions on the paper. Sometimes she was too curious, a bit stubborn, but persistent and hard working. Anne was ready to endure everything, from hunger to poverty in order to come back home and go back to school.
Unfortunately, cruel Nazi soldiers stopped her to fulfill her dream and Anne Frank died in March 1945 in concentration camp Bergen - Belsen. Following a tip from an unknown informer, Gestapo arrested and deported Frank family in concentration camps. She died from typhus, just few days after the death of her sister Margot. Her father Otto Frank was only family member who survived and when he came back home in Amsterdam he found his daughter’s journal. Thanks to his efforts the journal was published in Dutch in 1947. The book includes Anne’s life from 12 June 1942 to 1 August 1944.
Anne Frank’s journal is a reminder and testimony of harm and cruel things which happened to Jewish boys and girls only because they belonged to different culture.



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