NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – A student-run exhibit at New Rochelle High School’s Donald Baughman Museum of Arts and Culture is offering attendees deeper insight into the life of Anne Frank.
Curated by the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, “Anne Frank: A History of Today” is a traveling exhibit featuring journal entries and photographs from the German-born Holocaust victim and her family, according to a statement from the school district.
Operating the exhibit and giving tours to visitors are New Rochelle High School students who have been trained by the Anne Frank Center, according to the district.
"To keep the memory of the Holocaust alive and to make sure that injustices and horrors don't happen again in this world, we need to pass it to the next generation," said Steven Goldstein, the Anne Frank Center's executive director, after praising the school and its community at the exhibit's opening Thursday.
Emonty Barnes, an exhibit guide and junior at New Rochelle, said he has learned a great deal about Anne Frank since undergoing the training.
"Having a visual of how she lived made me more appreciative," he said.
For others, the exhibit is a welcomed opportunity to learn more about a historical figure whose tribulations spoke to so many.
Gloria Stainkamp, 92, of New Rochelle said she was thankful for the exhibit and optimistic about the lessons it would teach.
"It's a reminder of man's inhumanity to man," she said.
“Anne Frank: A History of Today” is being presented by the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence, according to organizers. It is to run at the school’s arts and culture museum from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on weekdays through Dec. 7.
Entrance to the exhibit is free, according to the school district. All are welcomed to attend.