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Since 2011 three travelling exhibitions about Anne Frank have been touring Canada. Additional panels show Canadian stories related to the Second World War. Since the start of the tour, hundreds of students were trained as exhibition guides. In 2015 the Anne Frank House also launched the video and debate programmes Memory Walk and Free2choose-Create in Canada. 

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The Travelling Exhibition

The travelling Anne Frank exhibition in Canada is shown in high schools, museums and other cultural centres. Two copies are specifically developed for use in high schools whereas one copy is more suited for use in a museum setting. So far the Canadian tour of the Anne Frank exhibition has included presentations in the provinces of Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba and the Yukon territory. In 2017, the exhibition has made a short appearance in the province of Saskatchewan as well. The tour of the travelling Anne Frank exhibitions in Canada is supported by Veterans Affairs Canada through its Community Engagement Partnership Fund. 

The exhibition was also presented at the Toronto District School Board in May 2017. You can watch the reactions of some children who have visited the exhibit here.

Students discussing the exhibition’s themes with their peers in Terrebonne in October, 2016.

Additional Panels

Since the Summer of 2015, the exhibitions presented in Canada have been showing additional panels dealing with the role and experiences of Canadian soldiers during the Second World War. Visitors can explore different stories of Canadians during the war, such as the role that women played in Canada and overseas, the experiences of the soldiers that took part in the liberation of the Netherlands and the every day life of the Canadian Prisoners of War. These stories are told through historical artifacts which help visitors to better understand the impact of the war on these personal lives. The additional panels encourage the venues that participate in the project to research those stories of veterans and Holocaust survivors from their community and to share it with the visitors.

Guides presenting the personal stories mentioned on the Canadian panels during the training in Winnipeg in November, 2016.

Discussing Human Rights

Free2choose-Create was launched in Peterborough, Ontario in 2015. In a 3-day seminar, eight students and faculty members of Trent University discussed human rights dilemmas and how they occur in contemporary Canada. One video clip that was created during the seminar focussed on the issue of whether the government of Canada should have access to all communication of its citizens via email or social media in an attempt to fight against terrorism. 

Canadian video clip Free2choose

Memory Walk

The first Memory Walk workshop took place in May 2015. A group of young people from different universities and cultural centres in Vancouver created two video clips on monuments in the city. One of the film clips focussed on the monument in commemoration of the incident of the Komagata Maru in 1914, a ship with refugees from India seeking refuge in Canada. The refugees were denied access to Canada and were sent back to India. The other video presented a small and rather unknown monument in Vancouver remembering over a thousand Aboriginal women that are missing or have been murdered in Canada since the 1980’s. 

Memory Walk participants studying the monument for their film in Vancouver in May, 2015.


For more information on the activities taking place in Canada, please email the Anne Frank House project coordinator Julie Couture