In 2019, before the pandemic shuttered our schools, Anne Frank LA brought two programs developed by the Education Department at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam to Southern California. The Anne Frank - A History for Today exhibit uses “peer guide training”, to share the Frank family’s story in historical context, and has been implemented around the world. Anne Frank LA brought it to 3 Title-1 schools in the Moreno Valley, laying the groundwork for bringing the program to more schools.
Virtual Tours of the Anne Frank House are conducted live by trained facilitators, taking people on a live room-by-room virtual tour of the Secret Annex.
In 2022, in collaboration with Los Angeles Unified School District, Anne Frank LA brought a bilingual (Spanish/English) Anne Frank: A History for Today exhibit to Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights. Expert trainers from Europe and the East Coast conducted peer-guide trainings, and the Roosevelt students became docents of the exhibit for their peers at the High School, as well as for students at a local Middle School.
In 2023, we’ll continue to work with our European and East Coast colleagues to train a local cohort of peer guide trainers, so we can bring these programs to more Los Angeles area schools. In addition to the existing Anne Frank House programs, Anne Frank LA also plans to create new programs geared specifically for the diverse youth of Los Angeles. By exploring and examining the history of our city and the stories of those who feel discriminated against, we can connect the experiences of today’s youth to the lessons of history in meaningful ways.
A resolution establishing "Anne Frank Day" in the city of Los Angeles was passed in 2022, with the help of Councilmember Paul Koretz (5th District). Our first year of programming will honor Anne's legacy as a window into the experiences of children in peril.
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Through this traveling English-Spanish language exhibit composed of 32 panels which can be configured to fit most spaces, middle and high school students learn about Anne Frank’s childhood in Frankfurt and Amsterdam, the rise of the Nazis, the persecution of the Jews, and the way the people responded. Most importantly, this experience features two days of trainings for student docents who go on to serve as exhibition guides at their schools, developing leadership and advocacy skills.
In this unique program, middle and high school students are taken on a room by room, virtual tour of the Secret Annex, led by expert facilitators. The tour is often followed by a theatrical performance, ANNE AND MARTIN, where actors portraying Anne Frank and Martin Luther King, Jr., who were born the same year, read passages from The Diary of Anne Frank and MLK’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”. The experience culminates in a live Q&A with the actors responding to viewers’ questions, in character.