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Explore the world of Anne Frank, no need to go to Holland

By Michael Schuman

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, April 7 2014 11:25 a.m. MDT

The exhibits don’t end with Anne’s death in a concentration camp in 1945. The “Witness to the Holocaust” gallery is devoted to the reflections of and photographs taken by African-American Atlanta native and World War II veteran William Alexander Scott III. Scott’s father founded the newspaper The Atlanta Daily World in 1928, and his son used his camera savvy to record images of the liberation of Buchenwald. Two side-by-side displays in “Witness to the Holocaust” compare the 1935 Nuremburg laws of Nazi Germany with those of the Jim Crow-era South.

The exhibit is sponsored by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust. The commission was founded by teacher and Holocaust survivor’s daughter Sylvia Wygoda.

“Wygoda wanted to cultivate good citizenship and get people to understand the consequences of the Holocaust and understand what lessons can be learned from it," Craine said.

“Anne Frank in the World” had several temporary homes until it settled into an attractive space in an otherwise nondescript shopping center on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs.

Before visitors leave, they are invited to take one of a selection of scroll-shaped parchment-like papers. Each contains a quote from Anne’s writing. We could almost feel the dark, cold night on which Anne wrote the quote we chose. “I feel wicked sleeping in a warm bed, while my dearest friends have been knocked down or have fallen into a gutter somewhere out in the cold night.”

“Anne Frank in the World 1929-1945” is open-year round, Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon-4 p.m. It is located in the Parkside Shopping Center (and is well-marked), 5920 Roswell Road, #A209, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. Call 770-206-1558, or visit holocaust.georgia.gov/anne-frank-world-1929-1945.

Michael Schuman graduated cum laude from Syracuse University in 1975 and received an MFA in professional writing in 1977 from the University of Southern California. He lives with his family in New England and can be reached at mschuman@ne.rr.com.

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