May 17, 2022 2:31 pm

In a trailer, a traveling exhibition runs through the beaches of Buenos Aires telling the story of Anne Frank

MIRAMAR.- “One more question,” claims the woman who had already asked two others and who, at the end of the tour, does not want to leave without knowing what fate befell those who found that detailed diary that marked part of the history of the Holocaust and the experiences of their victims. That and other answers appear in the Mobile Museum of Anne Frank, the traveling exhibition that has several stopovers planned on the coast and adds hundreds of visitors every day.

It is the summarized version of the broad proposal that has in the city of Buenos Aires the Centro Ana Frank, from where this tour was conceived -with the support of the Universidad Atlántida Argentina- that brings together several documents, replicas and some more surprises to the main summer resorts.

Documents, a timeline and replicas of the Frank family house and shelter are exhibited in the traveling exhibition that attracts the curiosity and attention of adults and childrenMauro V. Rizzi – THE NATION

What used to be one of the mobile classrooms for trade courses taught under the purview of the National Institute of Technological Education became this didactic synthesis for narrate life and suffering who, for two years, remained in a hiding place until she was discovered and transferred to a Nazi concentration center, where she died when she was just 15 years old. Before, he left, in manuscript, the testimony of those days suffered in the shelter that would later transcend as “the Secret Annex.”

Until the end of this month, the Ana Frank Mobile Museum will remain in the Plaza de la Bienal, at the access to the city of Miramar via route 11. It has already had its first visit to Mar del Plata, where it will return at the end of next February.

It is the first time that the Ana Frank Argentina Center appeals to this mobile to reach the interior of the country, so the proposal is unprecedented and certainly attractive. “It was a complex design process because we had to recreate in a very small space what we have in Buenos Aires in a generously sized mansion,” the institution’s museum coordinator, Wanda Holsman, explained to LA NACION.

The Argentine Atlantic University and the Buenos Aires Ombudsman collaborate on the tour from logistical support. “We have a collaboration agreement with the Anne Frank Center, we have had a similar sample at our headquarters and we also contribute in dissemination because we are interested in the community and in particular young people coming closer and from this proposal they value their rights so that the darker periods”, the rector of the university, Amado Zogbi, told La Nación.

In groups, hundreds of people daily visit the trailer with the proposal that takes the Anne Frank Center on tour together with other institutions
In groups, hundreds of people daily visit the trailer with the proposal that takes the Anne Frank Center on tour together with other institutionsMauro V. Rizzi – THE NATION

The Mobile Museum has a wall destined to graph a timeline with the life of Anne Frank and her family, the international scene, the dynamics of Nazism in European countries, the protection received by its victims and the outcome.

The other seeks to articulate what happened in World War II with other scenarios of dictatorships and authoritarian governments that have been repeated in recent decades, including in Argentina. Coincidences are exposed in the way of operating despite the different stages and the importance of the rule of law and justice processes, topics that at the end of the talk usually enable an exchange and brief debate with visitors.

There are also some recreations of environments and a model of the house where Anne Frank and seven other people lived, including Otto, Edith and Margot, her parents and sister. Only the first could survive.

Holsman, who is one of several guides who accompany the tour and tell visitors a detailed step-by-step of the young woman’s life, acknowledges that the public is very interested and that the most recurring question is “who ratted them out” .

In this sense, a few days ago, an investigation was revealed that points to a Jewish lawyer as the person responsible for giving this information to Nazi authorities. “As opposed to the proposal, there are two communications from the central Anne Frank House that emphasize that it is a hypothesis and not a confirmation, as well as another that is still being investigated,” Holsman explained to LA NACION.

Among the public that visits the exhibition are those who have this history very much in mind, as well as those who arrive without knowing too much and are much more interested during the visit. With the first, the director of the museum recognizes that very particular situations are noticed, sometimes loaded with feeling. He recalled the case of a family from Mendoza that was ending their vacations and, already with the suitcases in the trunk and on the roof, took the last few minutes in Miramar to go through this exhibition. “They did not want to leave without visiting the museum, it was very emotional,” he acknowledged.

"who ratted her out", a question that always comes up at the end of the visit and that has been echoed in the news in recent days
“Who gave her away”, a question that always comes up at the end of the visit and that has been echoed in the news in recent daysMauro V. Rizzi – THE NATION

Shortly after entering, the guide asks what they know about Anne Frank. “Although it is the story of a young Jewish woman, in the proposal of the museum we try to convey a more universal humanist challenge,” he indicates about a proposal that goes beyond collectivities and views from religious conceptions or beliefs.

They do highlight, in particular, the family participation that exists in the groups that visit the mobile museum and the interest of children and adolescents, who ask if they don’t know. “The smallest are the most receptive, almost always with their reflections live,” they say.

Always with the support and collaboration of each of the municipalities in which it stops, the exhibition remained in Mar del Plata from the beginning until January 16. From there he left for Miramar, where he will remain until the end of the month. When February begins, he will be in the Partido de la Costa and the last two weeks, as planned, he will close his tour of the Atlantic coast in Mar del Plata.

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