Scale model

28 Apr 2009 14:30
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Inmates of HMP Wakefield prison in the UK have created a scale model of the Anne Frank House. Steve Gadd, project manager of the Anne Frank Trust in London, is travelling with four  prison officers to Amsterdam, where he will hand over the model to the Anne Frank House on Wednesday 29 April. The model will then travel on to South Africa, where it will be featured in the Anne Frank exhibition in Constitution Hill, Johannesburg. Once a notorious prison during the apartheid regime, Constitution Hill now houses South Africa’s Supreme Court.

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The Anne Frank Trust in London, one of the partner organisations of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, has been taking the exhibition ‘Anne Frank – a history for today’ into British prisons since 2002. In this prison project inmates learn about Anne Frank and the Holocaust, and pass on what they have learned to their fellow prisoners. I always thought that we black people were the only ones who were discriminated against, said a British prisoner to journalist Henriëtte Lakmaker of the Dutch newspaper Trouw in 2008. Because of the Anne Frank exhibition I now know that others can be victims of discrimination too.

For more information on the prison project, see the website of the Anne Frank Trust.