Exclusive Anne Frank Family Photo Exhibit Comes to Holocaust Museum Houston
HOUSTON, TX – “Anne Frank: A Private Photo Album,” an exclusive exhibition of Frank family photographs, will be on public display at Holocaust Museum Houston from August 5 through December 31, 2004. A private opening and reception will take place at the museum on the evening of August 4 and will feature guest speaker, Elisabeth Feerick, executive director of The Anne Frank Center USA.

The collection is comprised of photographs taken by Otto Frank of his daughters, Anne and Margot, and his wife, Edith, before the family was forced to go into hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam during World War II. The exhibit includes reproductions of dozens of black and white photographs, many of which have never before been shown to the public. Included in the collection are eight loose original photographs from the album, as well as other Frank family memorabilia.

Had she lived, Anne Frank would have turned 75 on June 12, 2004. Anne wrote in her diary that she wanted to be known after her death. She is still and inspiration for the millions of people around the world who are touched by her writing.

“This exhibit so poignantly portrays life before the war. It will leave a lasting impression on its viewers,” says Susan Llanes-Myers, executive director of Holocaust Museum Houston. “Those of all ages will relate to its simple beauty and its history.”

Anne’s father, Otto Frank, a prolific and gifted amateur photographer before the war, took many photos of his family, especially of his two daughters. However, haunted by the painful memories of the wife and daughters lost to him, he gave up photography and never took another photo after the war. He left Amsterdam and resided in Switzerland until his death in 1980. This exhibition is a commemorative birthday gift to Anne’s legacy.

The exhibition is organized by The Anne Frank Center USA, which has brought the exhibit to the United States from Amsterdam. The exhibition makes its exclusive traveling showing in Houston with generous underwriting by JP Morgan Chase and Duke Energy and additional support from AIG American General, Quanex Foundation, RBC Dain Rauscher Foundation and Continental Airlines.

To view this special exhibit, there will be a cost of $5 for adults ($4 for HMH members) and $3 for students and seniors. Scheduled school group tours and children under 5 will be admitted for free.

Holocaust Museum Houston promotes awareness and educates the public of the dangers of prejudice, hatred and violence against the backdrop of the Holocaust by fostering remembrance, understanding and education. The museum is open to the public and located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline Street, Houston, TX 77004. Its Internet address is http://www.hmh.org.
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