Monday, March 10, 2014

Anne Frank - A History for Today

I went on a field trip to the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre where we saw the exhibit of Anne Frank - A History for Today.

The exhibit showed pictures and stories about Anne Frank and her family and the Second World War. I really like the small model of the secret annex where Anne and her family went into hiding with the Van Pels family and Fritz Pfeffer. It's hard to imagine being stuck in this tiny place for 2 years. (You can explore the Secret Annex online at

We saw some artefacts from people who survived the Holocaust. I realized that so many people didn't help the Jews during the Holocaust but the people who did were truly compassionate. For example, a doctor saved a man's life by writing a note saying that the man was too sick to work, so he didn't have to be sent to a work camp.

After the field trip, I read a graphic biography of Anne Frank. It was a very good book and it illustrated many facts about Anne that I did not know, like how she did not get along with her mom while in hiding, and that she was a very outspoken girl. Anne did not like Fritz at all! Anne had to share her room in the secret annex with him. He stayed up late and he hogged the bathroom!

The book also gave me a sense of what happened during the war and how absolutely terrible it was, especially for the Jews.

I also read a book called "Rescuing the Children: The Story of the Kindertransport" by Deborah Hodge and watched a movie called "Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport".

"Kinder" means "child" in German. The Kindertransport was a rescue mission by the British government and the Quakers to take the children, mostly Jewish, out of Germany and to Britain where they would be safe. Parents were not allowed on the Kindertransport which made it a very sad experience for everyone. About 10,000 children were saved by the Kindertransport. Many of them did not see their parents again.

It was very sad and surprising that only one out of 32 countries from the Evian Conference responded to the plea of the Jewish people.

I hope that nothing like the Holocaust will ever happen again.

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