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Anne Frank Exhibit to Open at Boone County Library in April

In April, the Boone County Public Library will take a step back in time to remember the Holocaust. The traveling exhibition, Anne Frank: A History for Today, opens at Boone County Public Library in Burlington on April 4 and runs through April 30. 

The story of Anne Frank and her family is told in both English and Spanish on the thirty panels of the exhibition. The exhibit leads visitors from Anne’s early years growing up in Germany, to her immigration to the Netherlands, through her time in hiding, to the eventual betrayal and arrest of her family. The family’s story is juxtaposed against the broader history of the time period, documenting Hitler’s rise to power, World War II, and the Holocaust. Anne’s own writing provides a central voice to the narrative, sharing her candid moments of humor, affection, fear and hope for the future.

Anne Frank: A History for Today was developed by the Anne Frank House and is sponsored in North America by The Anne Frank Center USA.

To go along with the exhibition, Boone County Public Library has announced that Conrad Weiner will once again talk about his experience as a small child in a labor camp at the Main Library in Burlington. Over the last three years, Boone County Public Library has brought three different Holocaust survivors into the library to tell their stories. Conrad was the speaker two years ago. Due to the overwhelming popularity of his story, Weiner will share his experiences on two different dates at the Main Library: Wednesday, April 6 at 7 p.m. and again on Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. People are asked to choose one or the other to attend.

Weiner was born in a small town in Bucovina, once part of Romania, in 1938. After a brief occupation of the region by the Soviet Army in 1941, Romanian authorities in alliance with German forces started a massive campaign of annihilation and deportation of Jews to Transnistria. They were taken by cattle car and then forced to walk for two weeks in snow and mud to the labor camp, Budi. Weiner was 3 1/2 years old at the time. In 1944, at the age of 6 1/2, he and the 300 surviving prisoners at Budi were liberated by the advancing Soviet Army and repatriated to Romania. The rest of Weiner's story will be shared at the library in April.

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