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From October 2011 the exhibition Reading & Writing with Anne Frank - created especially for libraries - was presented on the islands of the Dutch Caribbean: Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius.

From February 2015 the exhibition Anne Frank and the helpers, stories of helping and resistance has begun it's tour to the islands of the Dutch Caribbean as well.

Reading and Writing with Anne Frank

A travelling exhibition about Anne Frank as a writer with downloadable lesson material.

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The launch of the Dutch Caribbean exhibition project took place in October 2011 when the Dutch version of Reading & Writing with Anne Frank was opened in the Cas di Cultura in Oranjestad. Educational materials in Dutch and English were offered to the schools. Some sixty teachers and librarians took part in the training offered by the Anne Frank House. Until the end of 2011 the exhibition was shown in five different locations on the island. The tour in Aruba was organised in cooperation with the Instituto Pedagogico Arubano (IPA) and the Biblioteca Nacional Aruba (the National Library of Aruba).

Students of the Mon Cheri school at opening of the exhibition in Cas di Cultura Oranjestad, Aruba, 2011.


From March through September 2012 the exhibition was shown on Curacao. The opening took place on 24 March in the public library in Willemstad. This project was organised in cooperation with the Curaçao Public Library Foundation and the Foundation Cultuur Kameleon.

Students working in their workbooks, Willemstad, Curacao, 2012.

Sint Maarten

In October 2012 the exhibition went to the Philipsburg Jubilee Library, Sint Maarten. The exhibition was presented in Dutch and educational material in both Dutch and English were used. The exhibition was opened by the Governor of Sint Maarten, Mr. Eugene Holiday. Prime Minister Mrs. Sarah Wescott Williams, Minister of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports Mrs. Silveria Jacobs, and the Minister of Health Mr. Cornelius de Weever were also present.

Keynote speaker at the opening event in Sint Maarten was Mrs. Mary Romney, daughter of Mr. Lionel Romney, a sailor in the US merchant marine, born and raised in Sint Maarten who was imprisoned in the Mauthausen concentration camp. Mrs. Romney is an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut where she researched her father's personal history. Having interviewed her father several times she shared some excerpts from the videotaped interviews with the audience.

The exhibition was part of the library's Tolerance Month programme, which consisted of movies, lectures, and a youth panel. The Anne Frank House staff trained a total of thirty educators, including teachers from primary and secondary schools as well as library staff. Many school groups came to visit the exhibition.

Art and Craft about Anne Frank for children from 6 till 12 years old, Philipsburg Jubilee Library, St Maarten, 2012.
The training for teachers, Philipsburg Jubilee Library, St Maarten, 2012.


In November 2012, the exhibition opened in Jong Bonaire, Kralendijk, Bonaire. The local partners of the project were the Jong Bonaire Foundation, a lively youth center, and Scholengemeenschap Bonaire (SGB). At the official opening the Governor of Bonaire, Lydia Emerencia, and the General Manager of SGB were present. The main speaker was Mr. Boi Antoin, a journalist, who spoke about the camp on Bonaire, where more than 200 people were imprisoned in 1940 because they were seen as enemies of the Netherlands. The prisoners were residents of the Netherlands Antilles of German and Austrian descents. Among them, there were a number of anti-fascists and Jews who had fled Germany and Austria, and thirty Nazis.

The exhibition was shown from November 2012 until February 2013 in Bonaire.

Saba and Sint Eustatius

On June 12, 2013, the exhibition was opened by Governor Franklin Wilson at the Carmen Simmons Cultural Complex on Saba. The Queen Wilhelmina Library organized the opening and visit of the school groups to the exhibition. The speakers were: President of the Library, Ms. Anastasia Luburd Simmons and Pastor of the Wesleyan Church.

Heidy Johnson, student of the Sacred Heart School read a passage from the diary of Anne Frank.


For more information on the activities taking place in the Dutch Caribbean, please email the Anne Frank House.