Let Me Be Myself contains eight historical modules. The structure and design of this part of the exhibition enables visitors to identify with the personal story of Anne Frank. Large-size pictures show Anne’s happy early childhood in Frankfurt, followed by the immigration to Amsterdam, up to the time in hiding. In a consequent manner, the exhibition connects the personal story of the Frank family with the important historical events of that time: the rise of the national socialists, the isolation and discrimination of the Jewish population, eventually escalating in the Holocaust.
The first part of Let me be myself: The life story of Anne Frank, focuses on the story of Anne Frank. Large pictures are used to give an impression of her life, from her birth in Frankfurt in 1929 to her death in Bergen-Belsen in 1945. The exhibition panels also highlight the publication of the diary and how people were inspired by it. The personal story of Anne Frank is complemented by photographs and texts about the time in which she lived: the rise of the national socialists, the persecution of the Jews and the Second World War. The historical part is presented in a chronological order, which enables the visitors to easily connect the developments in Nazi Germany with the life of the Frank family.
The second part of the exhibition centres around contemporary subjects. Five colourful modules contemporise the story of Anne Frank, showing how it is still relevant in today’s society. With discrimination still taking place on a daily basis all over the world, the youngsters who are shown in the exhibition speak about themselves and how they deal with today’s prejudices and discrimination.