Phoenix City Hall showcases new mobile exhibit on Anne Frank

A mobile exhibit on Anne Frank’s life comes to Phoenix City Hall from the Netherlands and Anne Frank House to educate students and the public.

The exhibit consists of 30 panels that tell the story of Frank’s life, from her 1929 birth in Frankfurt, Germany, to her death in 1945. The panels also include historical context on the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany and the Frank family’s move to the Netherlands.

“The Anne Frank exhibition tries to involve kids in these kinds of questions,” Gerbert Kunst, the consul general of the Netherlands in San Francisco. “What I like in this exhibition is that the peer guides are part of how the exhibition works.”

The exhibit is operating in collaboration with three high schools in the metro Phoenix area. Student volunteers have been trained as peer guides by experts from the Anne Frank House.

Kunst says becoming a peer guide isn’t just a way to learn about a piece of history, but it also helps students become adept at presenting and leading a discussion. How capable they are sometimes surprises both the adults and the students themselves, he says.

This international exhibit will be available to the public at City Hall on May 17 and 18. For more information, go here.

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