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Anne Frank Exhibitions

The first local Anne Frank exhibition was held in February 1991 at the Gardner Centre, University of Sussex, occupying the two exhibition spaces. The organising committee was chaired by Rabbi Jeremy Collick and the members included Aubrey Milstein and Godfrey Gould. A full programme of events was arranged and a team of guides were trained… Read more »

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The first local Anne Frank exhibition was held in February 1991 at the Gardner Centre, University of Sussex, occupying the two exhibition spaces. The organising committee was chaired by Rabbi Jeremy Collick and the members included Aubrey Milstein and Godfrey Gould.

A full programme of events was arranged and a team of guides were trained especially to conduct the many school and college parties who came. There was a good response to the appeal for funding with very significant contributions from Sir Tim Sainsbury, then MP for Hove, and from the Heron Foundation through Gerald Ronson. The exhibition was opened by Esther Rantzen, and the distinguished guests included Lady Sainsbury and Dame Gail Ronson. The catering for the reception was provided by Marks and Spencer.

Anne Frank: A History for Today – November 2001

The prestigious “Anne Frank : A History for Today”exhibition took place in the Great Hall and Burstow Gallery which Brighton College generously gave free of charge.

 “A most moving and inspirational exhibition, raising awareness of vital issues. I urge all who can visit it and use its message to work for peace and justice for everyone, regardless of religion, culture or race.”  Lord Attenborough

The exhibition which ran for throughout November, was organised by a volunteer committee, particularly by Doris Levinson, Penny Phillips and Vivienne Harris, and supported by 120 well-trained guides, stewards and helpers. They expertly conducted round the exhibition the many thousands of schoolchildren from Brighton & Hove, East and West Sussex as well as members of the general public. A final count numbered more than 10,500 visitors.

Two launch dates were held on 3 and 4 November, when the guest of honour was Eva Schloss, step-daughter of Otto Frank, Anne’s father. Invited guests included Phyllida Stewart-Roberts, Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex and Hugh Wyatt, Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex, Bee Klug, the Honorary Life President of the Anne Frank Trust UK and Gillian Walnes, its Executive Director. All sections of the Brighton & Hove civic, religious, political and ethnic communities were represented.

Brighton & Hove City Council also hosted a related programme focusing on human rights, racial tolerance and democracy. A companion exhibition was produced by Brighton & Hove’s anti-victimisation unit, and the events were backed by Sussex Police, and the City Council.  Other events included an exhibition of poster designs by second year students from the University of Brighton School of Graphic Design which were displayed in theBurstow Gallery, Brighton College.

Lectures were delivered by local religious leaders such as Rabbi Pesach Efune and the Reverend Barry Norman, while a discussion was organised by the Council of Christians and Jews. There was also a seminar on human rights and associated legislation, presented by Celebrating Diversity, with an opening address by Lord Dholakia. The closing event was a superb evening concert performed by the Brighton Youth Orchestra with conductor Andrew Sherwood to a packed audience of over 450 people in the Brighton & Hove ReformSynagogue.

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