Anne Frank exhibition helps to educate primary school students

Tristan Mcdonald and Councillor Michael Donin, Mayor of Worthing opening the exhibition SUS-160128-161145001
Tristan Mcdonald and Councillor Michael Donin, Mayor of Worthing opening the exhibition SUS-160128-161145001

AN ANNE Frank exhibition has been opened at Worthing Town Hall as part of the Holocaust Memorial.

The exhibition was set up by Tristan McDonald, a semi-retired Minister, who was asked by his grandchildren Victoria and William ten years ago, as they wanted to teach other children.

They visited an Anne Frank gallery in Brighton and were inspired to build their own feature.

Today, the exhibition continues to tour public spaces across the UK.

It features a walkthrough of Anne Frank’s life and diary extracts as she lived in a secret room behind her father’s office in The Netherlands before her capture by the Nazis in 1944.

It has attracted hundreds of visitors this week, including a number of primary schools.

Tristan, 71, said: “I think the interaction and education of the young children is important, because I want to show that it must never happen again.

“In 1938, Britain offered to take ten thousand Jewish children, and the Allies left 18 million people in Europe. By the end of the war, there were 12 million left. That is why we must never forget.”

Tracey Carr, year six teacher at Broadwater Primary School, said: “We are doing the topic of World War Two and so we felt it was very important in showing the students how it happened.”

“I am hoping they all get some empathy, and understand what it was like to be a Jew in those times. I think if you educate them early enough they can develop a sense of empathy and then they can understand what happened.”

Councillor Tom Wye added: “This is education at it’s best. It is aimed at the age group from the same age who made the exhibition, and here you can see properly the full story.”

The exhibition is on until 29th January, opening hours 9am - 5pm, admissions are free.

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