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International Anne Frank exhibition comes to Newcastle high school

German-Jewish diarist, Anne Frank, known for the diary she wrote while hiding from anti-Jewish persecution during World War II. Photo:

A high school in Newcastle is working with the Anne Frank Trust UK to host a national touring exhibition, "Anne Frank - a History for Today".

The tour, which hopes to tell her story against the backdrop of the Holocaust and the Second World War.

The pop up exhibition will be housed within three large classrooms at Newcastle High School for Girls in Jesmond, and will take visitors through various stages of Anne Frank's life.

Twenty-one year 9 pupils have received special training to work as guides to take invited schools and visitors around the exhibition.

The school will play host to numerous schools in the region including:

  • West Jesmond Primary
  • St Catherine's RC Primary in Sandyford
  • Newcastle Preparatory School
  • Newcastle School for Boys

Grace Dunne, North East Regional Manager for the Anne Frank Trust explained:

We're delighted that Newcastle High is not only hosting "Anne Frank: a History for Today" in Newcastle, but is inviting students from other schools across the city to visit.

Our programme educates young people about the damaging effects of prejudice and discrimination, by exploring Anne's story and the history of the Holocaust in parallel to 21st century issues we face in Britain today."

– Grace Dunne

Lucy Franks-Doyle, teacher of RS and Philosophy and Director of Co-Curricular and External Links at Newcastle High who has organised the exhibition commented:

It is very fitting to be hosting the exhibition in the 70th anniversary of the end of World War 2 and very poignant to have our girls, who are a similar age to Anne Frank when she died at 15 in Bergen-Belsen, telling her story to other young people.

The aims of the Anne Frank exhibition marry well with our school's mission and aims of encouraging tolerance, respect and compassion among our girls. Their involvement and exposure to this exhibition we hope will help them to understand their responsibilities and the role they play in society."

– Lucy Franks-Doyle

The exhibition has toured the UK and will be at Newcastle High from June 8-12.