Children from Year 8 learnt of Anne’s journey from a Nazi run, discriminative Germany to the impartial Netherlands. When the Nazis invaded Amsterdam in 1940, Anne Frank, her family and four others went into hiding in a secret room of an office building. The house can still be seen today along with the hidden annex. Unfortunately the families where discovered and sent to Auschwitz concentration/death camp and then later to Bergen-Belsen where Anne Frank died in 1945. Anne Frank’s father, however, survived and returned to Amsterdam to then discover Anne Frank’s diary. It was later published and it has now sold over 30 million copies and been translated into 67 languages.
Although upsetting, the talk was very inspirational and it was very easy to empathise with Anne’s thoughts and feelings, being of a similar age as her. Cranborne Middle School also won an award from the Holocaust Memorial Project for a high level of teaching of the holocaust presented on the 26th January. The school was also part of an event led by Henry Schachter based on his survival of the Holocaust which was also very interesting.
Each year, students from Year 8 are given the task of producing a creative project based on their response to what they have learnt about the Holocaust. The projects this year will be on display at Bournemouth Library for the public to see and admire.