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Anne Frank's Words Come to Life at Exploris Exhibit

Posted June 10, 2000

— Anne Frank died at age 15, but her personal accounts during her family's run from Nazi oppression help put the Holocaust into perspective. Her diaries have become a part of history.

Sunday, Raleigh'sExplorismuseum opened a new exhibit called"One Voice: From the Pen of Anne Frank."

The exhibit brings her words to life.

More than a half century removed, 14-year-old Tessa Zaytoun feels connected to Anne Frank.

"I compare my life to hers and how it was for her to live through the Holocaust in hiding," says Tessa.

Anne's words combined with the artifacts and audio-visual elements at Exploris fortify that bond.

"You are face to face with a young girl with a large smile, who wanted very much to live," says Holocaust survivor Giselle Abramson who was on hand for the opening.

Abramson opened her own Pandora's box of memories 30 years ago to educate children about the injustice and horror that Jews faced at the hands of Nazi rule.

The Anne Frank exhibit, she says, puts another innocent face on that struggle.

"If we begin to understand each other and talk to each other, a thing like the Holocaust will not take place in this blessed country," says Abramson.

Tessa takes that message from thepersonal diaryof a girl her age -- a girl who found hope in the face of hopelessness.

The Anne Frank exhibit will run for two years at Exploris. After that, the museum is considering taking the exhibit on the road.

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