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Decatur Anne Frank exhibit to move to Sandy Springs

"Anne Frank in the World" in Decatur. AJC/April Hunt

A 600-photograph, 8,000-word exhibition about Anne Frank will move to Sandy Springs later this year, but for now, it’s still on display at the DeKalb History Center in the Old Courthouse in Decatur.

More than 150,000 people have already seen the exhibit, “Anne Frank in the World: 1929-1945.” It was on display for three years in Kennesaw, and will finish a three-year run in Decatur in December. It will move next — perhaps permanently — to a space in the Parkside Shopping Center on Roswell Road, just north of I-285.

From the Monday AJC story, “Frank exhibit to call Sandy Springs home”:

City leaders hope to raise the $300,000 needed for the three-year lease within a year, creating an endowment that will keep the exhibit in the north Fulton County city while paying for traveling exhibits throughout the state. The commission could then opt to renew its lease for another three years and beyond.

“We are looking at this as a permanent piece of Sandy Springs,” said Mayor Eva Galambos, whose husband, John, is a Holocaust survivor. “This message resonates throughout the ages, so it is a necessity for this to be available to the public.”

Lou Carreon of Houston reacted to a photo in "Anne Frank in the World" when the exhibition was in Kennesaw in 2004. AJC file photo

The exhibit follows the young diary writer from her childhood in the 1930s, to hiding with her family in Amsterdam, to her death in 1945 at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Whether you see it in Decatur or in Sandy Springs, here’s what you can expect:

  • A replica of the room where Anne lived while in hiding in Amsterdam.
  • More than 600 photographs, owned by the Anne Frank House in the Netherlands, and run by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust.
  • A 28-minute film which includes the only known footage of the girl as she leans over a balcony to watch a wedding.

Want to go? “Anne Frank in the World,” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. The Old Courthouse on the Square, Decatur. 404-370-3056, Holocaust.georgia.gov.

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