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The travelling exhibition Anne Frank - A History for Today was launched in Calcutta in 2013. Since 2014, it was taken to Bangalore, Chennai and Pondicherry, where peer guide trainings and teacher seminars were conducted. Teachers’ resources were also developed, such as the module Learning to live with Difference, which linked the themes of the exhibit with the Indian context. Additionally, a Free2choose-Create workshop took place.

Anne Frank - A History for Today

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Travelling Exhibition

Students from various schools who visited the exhibition participated in an educational activity where they were presented with the case of Malala Yousafzai, the young woman from Pakistan who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban and who now campaigns for female education. The students discussed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in small groups, in connection with Malala’s case. 
Since the opening, more than 10.000 people have visited the exhibition, including pupils and teachers from all ages.

High school students during a group educational activity in Calcutta, 2013.

Peer Guide Trainings

18 students from four schools participated in the first two-day peer guide training. Since then, many similar trainings have been conducted in several different locations. In these sessions the students (usually aged between 15 and 18) are trained as exhibition guides. The topics covered in the workshops are the history of Anne Frank and the Holocaust and its contemporary relevance. There are also activities specifically aimed at drawing links between Anne Frank and the modern context of India. In a training in Coimbatore in 2017, the participants played a game called 'social exclusion'. The game - with two groups of students trying to prevent another smaller group from entering their group - has proven to be very effective in initiating a discussion on social exclusion. 

Peer guide training in Calcutta, 2013.


A group of students have also produced two films which cover debates on the pros and cons of censorship related to art and music. They did this by interviewing the general public on the streets on the issues relating to freedom of expression, specifically in the Indian context.
You can watch the videos that were made during the workshop in Kolkata in 2013 here and here.

Teacher Seminar

Teachers were trained to use the module Learning to Live With Difference as a starting point for teachers to build upon, using current events and their own creativity. The content of this module focuses on genocide and the violations of human rights. It also lays out the framework for the curriculum for which a selection of the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights relating to the Anne Frank story, have been listed. The aim is for teachers to use the module as a resource to engage high school students in the understanding of human rights and inspire them to become human rights defenders. Each chapter of the module has various assignments that involves various tasks such as looking at photographs,video clips, newspapers, interviewing peers to collect stories, and talking about identities.

Teachers during the teacher seminar in Calcutta, December 2013.


The Indian tour of the Anne Frank exhibition and the accompanying seminars are co-organised by PeaceWorks, an initiative of the Seagull Foundation for the Arts. The project was supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands and the Consulate of Israel in collaboration with Ever After Learning.


For more information on the activities taking place in India, please email the Anne Frank House project coordinators Loes Singels or Priya Machado.