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New Anne Frank exhibition launches in nation’s capital

January 19, 2015
A new Anne Frank Travelling Exhibition will be launched in the nation's capital on February 4, 2015 where it will be on display at the National Jewish Memorial Centre until the end of March.

Compiled in Amsterdam, the new exhibition is titled, 'Let Me Be Myself – The story of Anne Frank'. Officials from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam will attend the worldwide launch of the exhibition in Canberra next month.

As principal sponsor of the nationally-touring exhibition, Dutch-based global bank Rabobank is pleased that the launch of the new exhibition will take place in the nation's capital.

Rabobank Australia chief executive officer Thos Gieskes said, given how positive the regional communities' response to the Anne Frank Travelling Exhibition has been in previous years, the new exhibits will undoubtedly draw interest from many people visiting Canberra.

"Rabobank sees the Anne Frank exhibition, 'Let me be myself', as an opportunity for our clients, school students, and the wider community to become aware of and experience one of the most powerful stories in history," Mr Gieskes said.

"Given our Dutch heritage, there is a strong connection with the story of Anne Frank and in particular, this is such an important piece of history we can show the rest of the world – it's a world-class exhibition."

Mr Gieskes said that the large numbers of people who frequent Canberra to experience the many historical monuments and galleries on offer, the Anne Frank exhibition will further contribute to the education and historical awareness of visitors to the capital.

'Let me be myself – The life story of Anne Frank' contains seven historical display modules along with four contemporary educational videos. The structure and design of this part of the new exhibition enables visitors to identify with the personal story of Anne Frank, through images of Anne's childhood, following by her immigration to Amsterdam and the time in hiding in the Netherlands under Nazi occupation.

The contemporary part of the exhibition explores four general themes that are drawn from Anne Frank's story which relate to life today. These themes are:
  • Identity – how did Anne Frank perceive her own identity? How do young people see their own identify and how do others define you? 
  • Individuals as group members – what groups do you belong to? How do others categorise you? Where does exclusion start? 
  • Discrimination – what happens if you are not accepted by others? 
  • Response – what can we learn from the story of Anne Frank?
After being on display in Canberra, the exhibition will tour other parts of Australia.

For more information about the event, please visit AnneFrank.org.au.


Rabobank Australia & New Zealand is a part of the international Rabobank Group, the world's leading specialist in food and agribusiness banking. Rabobank has more than 115 years' experience providing customised banking and finance solutions to businesses involved in all aspects of food and agribusiness. Rabobank is structured as a cooperative and operates in 41 countries, servicing the needs of approximately 10 million clients worldwide through a network of more than 1600 offices and branches. Rabobank Australia & New Zealand is one of Australasia's leading rural lenders and a significant provider of business and corporate banking and financial services to the region's food and agribusiness sector. The bank has 94 branches throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Media contacts:
Denise Shaw
Media Relations
Rabobank Australia & New Zealand 
Phone: 02 8115 2744 or 0439 603 525 
Email: denise.shaw@rabobank.com

Jess Webb
Media Relations
Rabobank Australia & New Zealand 
Phone: 07 3115 1832 or 0418 216 103
Email: jess.webb@rabobank.com