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The aspirations of Anne Frank

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In an example of website design that may not be a practical necessity, but makes eminent visual sense, the exhibit's navigation options appear when only required or requested, and otherwise remain invisible to avoid distracting attention from more important content.

Throughout the exhibit, brief curatorial captions punctuate the audio, text, and 'hand written' excerpts, while early photographs remind us that these writings were not the work of an embedded reporter or social philosopher, but of a typical teenager. Anne can be seen skating with friends, enjoying the beach with her sister, and sitting in a garden chair as she talks to her diary about boyfriends. A brief, blurred film clip also provides the only known moving image of the writer, and again reminds us of the living person behind the iconic figure.

After the disarmingly normal life reflected in First Entries, things become decidedly more serious as Going into Hiding recounts the series of anti-Jewish decrees enforced under German occupation, describes the living conditions in the "Secret Annex," and uses the term "concentration camps" long before it gained its current meaning in the global vernacular. Anne as a Writer reveals the young author's ambitions and the therapeutic value of her creations, which she referred to as her "pen-children." An excerpt from "Eva's Dream," considered by Frank to be her best fairy tale, is also featured, as is a before-and-after example of the writer editing her works.

(As a self-appointed editor, Frank began polishing her writing after the Dutch government in exile called on citizens to document their life under occupation. She mused about publishing the finished work after the war;

"Just imagine how interesting it would be if I were to publish a romance of the 'Secret Annex.' The title alone would be enough to make people think it was a detective story. But, seriously, it would be quite funny 10 years after the war if we Jews were to tell how we lived and what we ate and talked about here.")

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