Permanent exhibition: „Anne Frank. here and now“
Anne Frank Centre
The new permanent exhibition „Anne Frank. here & now“ was opened on November 4, 2006 at the Anne Frank Centre. It is an exhibition about the past and the present. It tells the personal life story of Anne Frank and connects it to the world she lived in.
Today, Anne Frank’s diary is both a symbol and a document – a symbol of the genocide of the Jews by the National Socialists, and an intimate document of the life and thoughts of a young writer. Large collages of pictures and special objects describe Anne Frank’s world, as well as that of her family and friends in the context of National Socialism, the persecution of the Jews and the Second World War.
Anne Frank dealt with many topics in her diary and wrote down her thoughts about them. In the exhibition, young Berliners, all with very different backgrounds from one another, have their say about the questions to which Anne was also trying to find answers. These are on the one hand very personal questions about identity, values and the future, and on the other hand general questions about war, discrimination and civil courage. The exhibition asks visitors to consider these questions as well. A small selection of the films shown in the exhibition can be watched here.
Anne Frank’s diary has now been translated into more than 60 languages and millions of people all over the world have read it. For the first time, this exhibition provides information about the question as to why Anne Frank’s diary in particular is so famous today.
We offer different ways of accompanying school groups and groups of young people through the exhibition, as well as different project days.
The Anne Frank Centre is at the Hackescher Markt in the historical “Spandauer Vorstadt” part of Berlin-Mitte, an area that is located in the heart of Berlin and which has a lot to offer, in terms of both historical and current events. The tours lead the visitors to the actual historical locations and point out interesting aspects of the area.
Individual Tour with the iGuide
The iGuide is a handy and simple to use device with which you can conduct your own personal audio-visual tour through the former Scheunenviertel in Berlin-Mitte, an area of great cultural-historical interest in the heart of Berlin. You can put the headset on and the iGuide will tell you about the points of interest at your chosen stations. You can also look at historical photos and watch contemporary witness interviews on the video screen in German or English.
You can check out the iGuide for 5 euros during the Anne Frank Centre’s opening hours. Please leave a valid passport or ID as security.
The tour was created together with the Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand (Memorial to the German Resistance).
“On the trail of Jewish lives”
Up until the National Socialist era, it was the Jewish population which had had the largest effect on the character of the “Spandauer Vorstadt” in Berlin-Mitte, starting in the 18th century. The fact that the second oldest Jewish cemetery in Berlin is in the Große Hamburger Straße and the Heidereutergasse Synagogue and the New Synagogue are located in the Oranienburger Straße pays testimony to this.
The city tour leads you to a variety of places which demonstrate the changeful history of Jewish life in Berlin, casting a view on both its past and present.
A tour through the historical “Spandauer Vorstadt” for youth and adult groups.
Duration: around 90 minutes, Age: 14 years and up, Cost: Groups of up to 15 people: 50€, of up to 30 people: 100€.
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