Internationally acclaimed Anne Frank exhibit opens at Kennesaw State University

The internationally acclaimed “Anne Frank in the World” exhibit opens to the public…

Georgia (Nov 3, 2003) — Internationally acclaimed Anne Frank exhibit opens at Kennesaw State University

Frances Weyand

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Contact: Frances Weyand‚ Director of University Relations‚ 770−423−6203 or fweyand@kennesaw.edu

KENNESAW‚ Ga.−−The internationally acclaimed “Anne Frank in the World” exhibit opens to the public Friday‚ Nov. 14 at 2 p.m.‚ following a ribbon cutting by Gov. Sonny Perdue. The governor will then lead the first tour through the exhibit. The 2‚000−square−foot museum is constructed with a hidden bookcase entrance to remind visitors of the secretive nature of two years of Frank’s life. The more than 8‚000 words of text and 600 pictures in the exhibit tell the story of the German−Jewish teenager who spent more than two years hiding in rooms in an annex above her father’s office in Amsterdam during World War II. She and her family were later betrayed to the Nazis and sent to Bergen−Belsen concentration camp where she died in 1945 at the age of 15.

The Georgia Commission on the Holocaust granted the world’s largest Anne Frank exhibit to Kennesaw State University after the commission was awarded the exhibit by the Anne Frank Center of New York and Anne Frank House of Amsterdam. The arrangement included an agreement by the commission to raise the funds necessary to bring the exhibit to the state.

Sylvia Wygoda‚ executive director of the commission‚ approached Kennesaw State University President Betty Siegel and Cobb Commission Chairman Sam Olens to spearhead the fundraising effort. The KSU Foundation and its trustees‚ including Sen. Steve Thompson and Norman Radow‚ president of Congregation Etz Chaim‚ raised $64‚000 to secure the exhibit for at least three years. Options for renewal mean the exhibit could be housed at Georgia’s largest northwest university for an indefinite period of time.

Initial exhibit sponsors include Holder Construction‚ which built the unique museum that houses the exhibit; and the architecture and engineering firm Stevens & Wilkinson Stang & Newdow Inc.‚ designers of the museum.

“We are honored to have been chosen as the home of this extraordinary exhibit‚” Siegel said. “‘Anne Frank in the World’ offers us an incredible opportunity to celebrate and promote tolerance and diversity to school children and visitors from across the state and around the world. It is imperative that this story remain in the public consciousness‚ not only for what it teaches us about the Holocaust but also for what it says about the human spirit.”

KSU development officials are currently working to raise $1 million for collateral programming‚ including the creation of Anne Frank trunks that will be filled with educational materials and sent to schools in rural Georgia. Another aspect of the collateral programming will be musical and theatrical performances‚ symposiums and lectures by scholars on tolerance‚ diversity‚ the Holocaust and related topics. Guest lecturers will include Holocaust survivors‚ their children and concentration camp liberators.

“We‚ the survivors‚ are becoming fewer and fewer each year‚” Dr. Eugen Schoenfeld‚ a Holocaust survivor‚ said. “There is nothing more powerful than for survivors to talk about their experience and their understanding of the human condition.”

The exhibit is located in the east hallway of KSU Center. There is no charge to view the exhibit; however‚ there will be a donation box. For further information about hours of operation and directions‚ call 678−797−2083.

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Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of nearly 17‚500 from 123 countries. The fourth largest state university out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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