Holocaust story told at Shepparton Library

By Tara Whitsed

The incredible story of Anne Frank — one of the most famous Jewish victims of the Holocaust — will be on display at the Shepparton Library next month.
Presented by Goulburn Valley Libraries and Anne Frank Australia, the exhibition — Let Me Be Myself: The Story of Anne Frank — will show from Saturday, December 8.
The exhibition is made up of images of Anne — a positive female role model for tolerance, racial acceptance and integration — and uses the reflections of today’s young people to demonstrate how her story still resonates.
There will be photographs from her birth in 1929 right up to her death in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945.
The exhibition also features a replica of Anne’s famous diary and a scale-model of the Frank family’s hiding place.
The second part of the exhibition centres around contemporary subjects.
Five colourful modules modernise Anne’s story, showing how it is still relevant in today’s society.
With discrimination still taking place on a daily basis all over the world, the youngsters who are shown in the exhibition speak about themselves and how they deal with today’s prejudices and discrimination.
The contemporary part is complemented by two short films.
Shepparton Library manager Corrine Hills said they were excited to host the exhibition.
‘‘Anne’s story is well-known and her diary is a much-loved book,’’ Ms Hills said.
‘‘As well as telling her life story, this exhibition also highlights the publication of her diary and the inspiration it provides.
‘‘We are expecting huge community interest, and are offering out-of-hours tours to meet the expected demand.’’
The free exhibition will held at the Shepparton Library, Marungi St, from December 8 to March 20, 2019, following the official launch on Friday, December 7.
A community launch will also be held on Saturday, December 8 at 11am.
The exhibition is supported by Greater Shepparton City Council, Soroptimist International of Shepparton and Friends of the Shepparton Library.
For tours and out-of-hours access inquiries, phone the Shepparton Library on 1300 375 674 or email: [email protected]