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National World War II Museum announces special programming for grand finale of Anne Frank exhibition

Speakers include Holocaust survivors and rescuers, renowned historians and leaders from the religious community

NEW ORLEANS – March 13, 2007: With only a short time left before the popular exhibition Anne Frank: A History for Today comes to an end on March 25, the National World War II Museum is continuing to present a slate of programming that is as emotional and thought provoking as the exhibition itself. These programs are free and open to the public.

On Sunday, March 18, the Museum has scheduled a special encore presentation of the program Hidden Children, a panel made up of Jewish Holocaust survivors who were hidden away during WWII and sympathizers who helped other Jewish children to hide. They will talk about their experiences and take questions from the audience. The original presentation of the program drew a standing room only crowd. Hidden Children will take place in the Museum’s Louisiana Memorial Pavilion from 1:00 – 2:30 pm.

A very special event has been scheduled for the evening of March 21. The National World War II Museum and the UNO Eisenhower Center are honored to present renowned historian and author Dr. Gerhard Weinberg who will discuss Anne Frank & The World Today: The Broader Public Issues of the Holocaust at 6:30 pm. Weinberg was the keynote speaker for the Museum’s acclaimed International Conference on WWII in November of 2006 and is the author of numerous books and articles including The Foreign Policy of Hitler's Germany, A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II and Visions of Victory: The Hopes of Eight World War II Leaders . Dr. Weinberg’s lecture will be followed by a book signing.

On the final day of the exhibition, March 25, the Museum will present a very important program: Anne Frank: Lessons in Diversity and Tolerance – A Community Gathering to Explore Her Legacy. From 2:00 – 4:00 pm, a panel of religious leaders from different faiths will come together to speak on the need for tolerance in today’s society. The Very Rev. Dr. Val A. McInnes, O.P.; Imam Rafeeq Nu’Man, and Rabbi Andrew Busch will participate with New Orleans City Councilmember-at-Large Arnie Fielkow as Moderator. The Museum has also invited children from the congregations to read relevant passages from The Diary of Anne Frank.

The public is invited to attend these programs free of charge, space permitting. The exhibition Anne Frank: A History for Today is free with Museum admission. Museum members are admitted free at all times. For information regarding group visits for schools, churches and synagogues, reunion groups and other organizations, please call 504.527.6012, ext. 222.

For more information on these and other programs and exhibits at the National World War II Museum, visit www.nationalww2museum.org or call 504-527-6012 x 229.

Anne Frank: A History for Today, was developed by the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and sponsored in North America by the Anne Frank Center USA. This exhibition was made possible through the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Franco, The Lupin Foundation, Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana, Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, James Carter, Capital One, the Heymann Foundation and the New Orleans Holocaust Memorial Project.

The National World War II Museum has been designated by Congress as the country’s official World War II Museum. It interprets the American Experience during World War II years and celebrates the American Spirit, the teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifice of the men and women who won World War II, and promotes the exploration and expression of these values by future generations. The National WWII Museum has completed the first phases of a visionary $300 million expansion that, when complete, will create a six-acre campus of exhibition pavilions, an advanced format theater, USO -style venue, and a research and conference center in downtown New Orleans.
 

 

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