Worldwide Activities

Lithuania

Travelling exhibitions and activities

The Anne Frank House has been active in Lithuania since 2016 when it launched the travelling exhibition Let me be myself - the life story of Anne Frank. The exhibition has already been all over the country in places such as Vilnius, Klaipeda, Birzai, and Alytus, attracting thousands of visitors.

The travelling exhibition 

The opening of the Lithuanian Let me be myself - the life story of Anne Frank travelling exhibition took place in Vilnius on 20 October 2016.

In an interview with Labas Rytas Lietuva TV, Vaiva Juškienė, the head of the Pedagogical Department of the Vilniaus University of Applied Sciences, said that "The exhibition is a connection between the past and the present. It provides each of us with the opportunity to find out why we sometimes give in to bullying, why we become part of it, or even victims."

Ralph du Long, the representative of Anne Frank House, stated that in the country, "[...] there are more and more people who are interested in Jewish history, people are no longer afraid to talk about the role of Lithuania in the Holocaust. We don’t mean to judge anybody, but we must talk about it and discuss it.” 

Speeches were also given by the rector of Vilniaus University of Applied Sciences, the Ambassadors of Israel and the Netherlands in Lithuania, representatives from the Jewish Community of Lithuania, and Aušrinė Marija Pavilionienė, a member of the Lithuanian Parliament. 

Fragments from the Diary were read by a student, and visitors could meet with Fania Brancovskaja, a Holocaust survivor.

One of the exhibition openings, in the Adolfo Ramanausko-Vanago gymnasium in Alytus on 19 April 2017, was reported on by the regional Dzukijos TV channel.

Peer-guide training and Teacher training

Teacher seminars and peer-guide trainings with many participants are also under way. 12-16 students are engaged in every session, all between the ages of 13 and 17. In these workshops, the trainers prepare the participants for their role as tour guides.

Both the teachers and the students have found these trainings very useful: 

  • I learned how important it is to talk about discrimination and stereotypes, not just with students, but with the whole school community. 
    Teacher from one of the teacher seminars in Vilnius.
  • One of the great benefits of the training was that students from different classes became friends, learned how to communicate and work together.
    Coordinating teacher of one of the exhibitions.
  • Every young person who has read Anne Frank’s story should know, that if you have a good support system – like your family and friends – then you can't go wrong. So just believe in yourself, do your thing, and stay strong!
  • Anne demonstrates perfectly that you should be yourself and maintain your values, even when circumstances do not allow you to be happy. 
  • The Diary inspires young people to believe that the human heart by nature, is good.
    Students from the trainings.

Contact

For more information on the activities organised in Lithuania, please contact the Anne Frank House project coordinators.