Back in February 2018 Anne Frank: Let Me Be Myself opened its doors to visitors in New Zealand. Over the past eighteen months, six venues have welcomed more than 15,000 students and more than 64,000 members of the public. Over 300 students between the ages of 11 and 18, and from a broad spectrum of schools and colleges around New Zealand, have acted as peer guides. The exhibition has travelled the length and breadth of the country from Auckland to Hamilton, via Wellington, Christchurch, Whangarei and Waiouru, and is due to visit the South Island in late 2019 and early 2020.
The enduring impact of this exhibition is its ability to raise questions about prejudice and intolerance. Visitors are not only confronted by the stark reality of life in occupied Holland and the secret annex, but they are also urged to consider discrimination in today’s world.
The original aim of the project was to attract 200,000 New Zealanders through the exhibition in three years. Now that we’re at the half way point we’re delighted to say that we’ve achieved close to half that figure. We’re grateful for the continued support of our wonderful sponsors and advisory board, as well as venues, schools and members of the public who have supported the project thus far.
We’re excited to see what the next eighteen months hold as the exhibition journeys to Dunedin, Foxton and Nelson. With other venues throughout New Zealand in the pipeline, we’re convinced that Anne’s story and legacy will continue to inspire visitors.
“Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness.”
Anne Frank - Diary of a Young Girl (26th March 1944)