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In honor of Jewish American Heritage Month and Anne Frank Day, the Los Angeles Public Library held a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 18 for the international traveling exhibit “Anne Frank – A History for Today.”
Held on the first floor of the Central Library, 630 W. 5th Street, Downtown, the ceremony featured a first-hand account from child Holocaust survivor Dorien Grunbaum, and speeches from Anne Frank L.A. co-founder Harvey Shield and 12-year-old Anne Frank-L.A. activist Olivia Prince. Allen Zipper, community engagement director for City Councilwoman Katy Yaroslavsky, 5th District, also spoke.
The exhibit features 32 beautifully illustrated panels with English and Spanish text telling the story of the Holocaust and the Second World War through the experience of Anne Frank and her family.
Anne Frank Day was spearheaded by Prince when she was 10 years old. Inspired by Frank’s story, Prince approached former Councilmember Paul Koretz, 5th District, about declaring an official day in Frank’s honor. He agreed, and in April 2022, the City Council adopted a resolution declaring May 12 (the birthday of Otto Frank, Anne’s father) as Anne Frank Day in the city of Los Angeles. The day honors Frank and the 1.5 million children who perished during the Holocaust.
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