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 end of book
- Guiding Questions for First Time Readers:
- At this point, isolation has been going on for around 14 or 15 weeks. The Frank family hid for 25 months, or 108 weeks. Can you imagine what it felt like to be in the Annex during this time?
- Additional Material for First Time Readers:
- Was Anne Frank Betrayed? – The Anne Frank House
- Guiding Questions for Repeat Readers:
- Why do so many people find it important to learn who betrayed the Frank family?
- Why has Anne’s story continued to resonate despite the existence of other diaries?
- Is constructing an exercise around Anne Frank and her diary during social isolation appropriate?
- Are any comparisons between present times and the conditions endured within the Annex ever appropriate?
- Additional Material for Repeat Readers:
- Avshalom Halutz – In a World in Lockdown, Anne Frank is the Latest Social Media Influencer – Haaretz, 20 April 2020
- Sophie Levitt – No, your coronavirus quarantine isn’t comparable to Anne Frank’s – The Jerusalem Post, 9 April 2020
- PJ Grisar – In the time of coronavirus, the world looks to Anne Frank – Forward, 6 April 2020