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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Anne Frank: the Writer and Life After the Holocaust

Most of us have read The Diary of Anne Frank. I know that for at least my generation, it was part of the curriculum for reading when I attended school.

This site looks at Anne Frank for more than just her diary. It looks into Anne Frank, the writer. She wrote short stories, essays, the beginning of a novel and even fairy tales.

To begin your journey, either click Launch the Exhibition or An Unfinished Story at the top of the page. This will open in a new window and it is a fully interactive journey to discover Anne. Here you can experience more of Anne's writing with excerpts from Eva's Dream and Give. I found the exhibition works OK with speech, the buttons are not labeled, but you can click "proceed" at the bottom of the window to move through the various screens. It was a delight from start to finish, especially the audio clips.

But wait! There's more to this site than just the interactive exhibit. You can find navigation on both the top and the side of the page.

  • Interviews - here you will find interviews, not only with the curators, but also with Anne Frank's cousin Buddy Elias.
  • Original Writings - here you can see Anne's original writing. You can zoom in and get an up close look at it. If you scroll your mouse over the images, it will tell you what you're looking at from Anne's diary to the pictures that hung on her wall. Get an up close look at those as well.

  • Web Links - here you will find links to other Web pages about Anne Frank.

  • Share Your Thoughts - here you can read other peoples' responses to the site and their thoughts on Anne Frank. You'll find comments by teenagers and adults. You can even leave your own thoughts here for others to read on this topic.

This site is extremely well done and very informative. You really learn about the girl behind the diary and her dream of being a writer.

Click this link to learn about Anne Frank the Writer.

Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl

by Anne Frank

Anne Frank's marvelously detailed personal entries chronicle 25 months of claustrophobic, quarrelsome intimacy with her parents, sister, a second family, and a middle-aged dentist as they hide from the Nazis. (Young Adult)

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Life After the Holocaust

Life After The Holocaust is an online exhibition by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. It has moving interviews with Holocaust survivors about their challenges of starting life again after World War II.

It's visually attractive, and the audio interviews are closed-captioned. The video plays in a Flash player, audio can be downloaded as MP3 files.

The survivors featured on this Web site describe the vital role of remembrance in rebuilding their lives. After listening to the survivors speak, what are your thoughts about the significance of remembrance and commemoration? Why is it important to study the Holocaust?

Click this link to visit Life After the Holocaust:

Voices of the Holocaust

Here's a similar site from the UK.

"During the 1930s and 40s, the Nazis and their collaborators murdered six million Jews. Hitler's intention was to destroy all Jewish communities, and to build a 'master race' of Aryans. Many other 'non-aryans' were persecuted including Romanies, homosexuals, and the disabled, as well as those who were politically opposed to the Nazis. This terrible moment in history is now known as the Holocaust. It remains one of the most horrific examples in recent European history of indifference, inhumanity, prejudice and genocide."

"Voices of the Holocaust consists of oral history testimonies gathered from Jewish men and women who came to live in Britain during or after WWII. These testimonies are personal, individual, true stories, that describe the hardships of life during Hitler's reign."

Click this link to listen to the Voices of the Holocaust.

A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust

"An overview of the people and events of the Holocaust through photographs, documents, art, music, movies, and literature." Includes a timeline (accompanied by photos and documents), a guide to the people involved (victims, perpetrators, resisters, etc.), and suggested educational activities for elementary, middle and high school students.

Click this link to visit

World War II Remembered

"Relive the WW II experience through the memories of those who survived." Site includes: American Home Front, Anne Frank's Story of Courage, Attack on Pearl Harbor, and Hiroshima: A Survivor's Story.

Click this link to visit World War II Remembered.

Voices on Antisemitism

Created by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the "Voices on Antisemitism" podcast series provides a "broad range of perspectives about antisemitism and hatred today." With funding from the Oliver and Elizabeth Stanton Foundation, this series contains over 50 conversations with Holocaust survivors, judges from South Africa, and German scholar Matthias Küntzel.

Visitors can browse through the podcasts, subscribe to the RSS feed, and even offer comments on each program. Along the right hand side of the homepage, visitors can view a collection of "Related Links", which include articles from the Holocaust Encyclopedia and detailed subject bibliographies. Additionally, there are guidelines for educators who wish to discuss the Holocaust in their classrooms.

Click this link to visit the Voices on Antisemitism website. Click this link to watch "Dear Kitty" Remembering Anne Frank on YouTube.

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