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Saturday, 25 July 2015

The Anne Frank Exhibit

On my previous post, I shared about my DH and I celebrating our 21st Anniversary
by going on a few little Daytripping excursions.
The main thing we wanted to do was to see a theatre play in Stratford (Ontario).
We ended up seeing a play called She Stoops To Conquer.
A delightful comedy.
While I was checking out the plays, I noticed one about Anne Frank.
When I looked into it more, I discovered that a nearby museum was hosting
an Anne Frank exhibit to coincide with the show.
This is the part of the museum where the exhibit was.
It looks like they added on twice.
This was on our July 1st holiday.
It was an overcast day and was not very busy.
At the far left end of this building there was a  half hour video about Anne Frank.
We watched that first.
There were a lot of local farming and industrial antiques in this section as well.
Different styles of antique and vintage baby shoes.
I always liked the white baby shoes.
I have two different pairs that I found at vintage shops.
 Household utensils.
 Now here is a farmhouse kitchen.
I had to smile at this.
While I have a special love for antique and vintage,
I also have a deep appreciation for stoves, refrigerators, freezers, and microwaves!
 I wanted to check the label underneath but didn't dare touch it.
Isn't this just lovely?!
Anne Frank was born June 12, 1929 in Germany
but moved to Amsterdam at the age of two.
My father was born October 17, 1929 near Minnertsga, Friesland, Netherlands.
(About 1 1/2 hours apart)
They shared so many similarities and yet so many differences.
After I graduated high school, I went for a visit with my cousins to Holland.
We visited the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam.
It was a very sobering visit.
Those that were hiding were betrayed.
Only Otto Frank (father) survived the Holocaust.
If you are interested in knowing more, click here.

 We had our own personal tour guide for the exhibit.
She shared with us that the woman who helped those in hiding almost lost her life after the betrayal.
The German officer who came into the shop to pick up the Frank family had an Austrian accent.
Miep Gies was born in Vienna, Austria but moved to the Netherlands at a very young age.
She used this to her advantage and it worked.
You can hear her share this here.
Because she was spared, the world has been touched by the story of Anne Frank.
The Germans would have taken everything.
When I heard this, I thought about how in the midst of darkness,
 God was faithful to preserve this little girl's diary,
and spared the life of this loyal woman who helped these precious Jewish people.

Holland just celebrated the 70th anniversary of their liberation.
I shared a post about that.
You can read it here. 
 I pray that a war like that never happens again.
That people will be accepting,
and see the beauty in each other.
That would be nice,
but I know the reality out there.
We need to pray for our leaders.
 I thought this was kind of fitting.
I'm of Dutch descent
and Anne Frank was a Dutch citizen.
"A Touch of Dutch"
We had a lovely day together.
It was nice to see the show after the exhibit.
After the show, we had a delicious dinner in Woodstock ON,
and then on to visit my folks for a couple of nights.
I will leave you with this,
Peace and joy to you!
Have an awesome day
and live your life to the fullest.
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  1. Thank you Diane for sharing your anniversary trip to the Anne Frank museum. Congratulations on your anniversary. Thank you as well for sharing your story and commenting on my daughters blog. May God bless you both. Abby

  2. Such an interesting trip and Congratulations on your Anniversary! I enjoyed seeing the pictures you have shared with us.

  3. So nice to visit this beautiful place with your sweetheart and share it with us! I do think Anne Frank must be a little angel put here on this earth to teach us a big lesson of love. Such a brave woman for trying to help them and then saving this precious diary for the world to read. It was a dark time in history, but the bravery of those who experience it is such an inspiration. It must be so nice to feel that connection through your heritage, too. Thank you for sharing your special time with us. Have a blessed week! xo Karen

  4. I had no idea this place was in Ontario! I just watched Woman in Gold and was horrified all over again (as I always am) at the stories of what these people were subjected to during that awful time. I'll have to check this museum out next year when I visit Ontario. Thanks for sharing! (and thank you for your sweet comment on my project, too).

    Have a happy week!

    1. Hi Anne, the exhibit is on display until October. I'm not sure if it travels to other places or not but I think you can see pretty much the same exhibit on the website I have highlighted. Horryifying is on of many words to describe what happened. I saw that movie too. Very good movie. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. While on a prayer journey in Italy last month, we stopped to pray at Civico Museo della Risiera di San Sabba, the only WWII death camp in Italy. It's in Trieste. It was very sobering and oppressive. But we were there to pray for the Jewish people who live in Italy and for the peace of Christ to be upon it's people. We met the caretaker, who is Orthodox Christian, from Slovenia. We wanted to pray with him for unity but at first he refused. After we explained that we believe in the same Savior as him he stood with us as we prayed for him and other Christians to have unity of purpose in proclaiming the love of Christ. What started as oppressive ended being quite encouraging.

  6. very interesting visit you had, love the style of that home, it is so amazing what they all had to go through. I too pray that nothing like this would ever happen again.


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