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Anne Frank: Lessons in human rights and dignity

More than ‘musings of a 13-year-old schoolgirl’

[Times photo: Fred Victorin]
IN HER OWN HAND: Anne Frank wrote her diary in Dutch, the language she learned after fleeing her native Germany. This copy of a page from Anne’s diary includes small photographs of herself.

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 2, 2000

Chapter 18

BEFORE THE VOTE: Anne Frank and her mother, Edith, and sister, Margot, in Frankfurt am Main on March 10, 1933, two days before the elections that put the Nazi party in power.

The Diary of Anne Frank has been more than required reading for students since it was first published in 1947; it is inspiration for those working for justice and dignity throughout the world. The exhibit “Anne Frank: A History for Today” at the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg presents Anne’s life and times, seen through the wisdom of a teenager forced to hide with her family because they were Jews.

Today’s installment of the St. Petersburg Times’ Newspaper in Education Anne Frank series offers some photographic highlights of the exhibit.

LIFE IMITATES ART: Cindy Rossiter of St. Petersburg looks at a panel of photographs including one of a statue of Anne Frank in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Anne Frank wrote compellingly about the "series of anti-Jewish decrees'' that restricted every part of their lives: "Jews were required to wear a yellow star; Jews were required toturn in their bicycles; Jews were forbidden to use streetcars ... Jews were required to frequent only Jewish-owned barbershops and beauty parlors ...''

A WAY WITH WORDS: Visitors to the Anne Frank exhibit at the Florida Holocaust Museum can stop at the diary writing station and learn more about Anne's techniques and other tips for chronicling their lives.

This year's Newspaper in Education series

Anne Frank: Lessons in human rights and dignity
Introduction, previous chapters and Web Links

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Carolyn Sandlin-Sniffen teaches language arts and reading at Seminole Middle School in Pinellas County.

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