The international exhibition Anne Frank – A History for Today is shown in more than forty countries. Based on the concept of 'peer education' students themselves usually act as exhibition guides. The worldwide tour of the exhibition is coordinated by the Anne Frank House in collaboration with local partner organisations.
The Anne Frank exhibition in Slovenia (2013)
Anne Frank - A History for Today tells the story of Anne Frank against the background of the Holocaust and the Second World War. It shows photographs of Anne Frank's childhood in Frankfurt and in Amsterdam, and portrays the rise of the Nazis, the persecution of the Jews and the way the people responded to this. In a consequent way the exhibition shows the impact of the Nazi policy on one particular family.
In order to be able to display the exhibition also in smaller spaces Anne Frank - A History for Today comes in different versions, with the content remaining largely the same. Usually the exhibition is presented for a period of two to four weeks and is accompanied by educational materials including catalogues, DVDs and a handbook for guides.
In many countries, the exhibition has led to follow-up activities including teacher training courses, theatre presentations and other educational projects related to the Holocaust, World War Two and its impacts on today's society.
Peer education in the Anne Frank exhibition. Ljubljana, 2012.
The educational programme around the exhibition is based on 'peer education' where students themselves are responsible for the guided tours. The guides explain the content to their fellow students and by asking questions they help the audience to reflect on the historical events and they challenge them to make relevant connections with developments in contemporary society. Prior to their engagement, the students receive a one or two day training by the Anne Frank House or its local partner in which they get familiar with the content of the exhibition and with its educational goals and methods; they learn how to present the information in an appealing way and they practice how to initiate a discussion with their peers on issues like tolerance and discrimination.
The exhibition is enhanced by panels with country specific information. These local chapters usually deal with the history of the Holocaust in that particular country or with contemporary human rights issues. The content of these additional panels are provided by the local partners of the Anne Frank House and follow the educational concept of the main exhibition.