The Anne Frank Reading Project is designed with families and communities in mind. Whether you are already familiar with Anne’s words, or are joining the millions already inspired by her Diary, we hope that you find value in collectively reflecting on the Annex at this time of isolation.
This is a project that families and communities weathering isolation can do together. Newcomers to Anne Frank’s Diary will read the book fresh, while participants who know Anne’s story will be provided with external readings and videos selected to stimulate thought and discussion on key themes.
- Diary Readings:
- Read to Tuesday 14 March 1944
- Guiding Questions for First Time Readers
- Can you imagine helping a family hide from soldiers?
- What do you think motivated the people who helped the Franks hide?
- What do you think motivated people who would have told the Nazis about the Franks?
- Additional Material for First Time Readers:
- Online Exhibit – Some Were Neighbours: Collaboration and Complicity in the Holocaust – United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Guiding Questions for Repeat Readers:
- Has the attention paid to Anne’s story ultimately trivialized the history of the Holocaust?
- Should Anne’s Diary continue to be used as a central text of the Holocaust nearly 75 years after its original publication?
- What are the shortcomings of using Anne Frank in Holocaust education?
- Additional Material for Repeat Readers:
- Anne Frank’s image ‘prime target for exploitation,’ says professor – The Current, CBC Radio, 27 October 2017
- ‘Anne Frank’ children’s costume sparks controversy – BBC News, 17 October 2017
- Anger over Justin Bieber’s Anne Frank message – BBC News, 14 April 2013