Much closer to home than Amsterdam, Baltimore is currently hosting a compelling traveling exhibit on Anne Frank and the Nazi saga.
The exhibit, "Anne Frank in the World," is actually much more expansive even than that offered in the house in Amsterdam, with 800 photographs on display. They cover the story of Anne's life, the rise of Nazism in Germany and Holland, the deportation and extermination of European Jews and the scourge of contemporary forms of discrimination and racism across the world.
The show, which runs through June 28 at the Jewish Community Center in Baltimore, was put together by the Anne Frank Foundation, the Amsterdam-based organization that manages the museum in Holland and works to perpetuate the story of Anne Frank around the globe. Similar exhibits have toured England, Germany, Austria, Japan and other American cities.
The aim of the exhibit's organizers is to show that Anne Frank was an ordinary person, and that what happened to her could happen to any child any place in the world. "She could have been the girl next door," explained one of the exhibit's producers, Dienke Hondius of the Anne Frank Foundation. "What would you have done about it had she been your neighbor? That is the kind of question we want the exhibit to make people think about. We want to show how these forms of racism and anti-Semitism build up. We want the subject to be broader than Germany and Holland."
The Jewish Community Center is located at 5700 Park Heights Ave. in northwest Baltimore, not far from the Pimlico Race Track. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays, closed on Saturdays. Admission is free. Call (301) 484-6970.