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Anne Frank exhibition opens in Beaudesert

The Anne Frank Travelling Exhibition will open in Beaudesert on January 12, 2016, where it will be on display at the Centre Beaudesert Regional Gallery.

Compiled in Amsterdam, the exhibition is titled, ‘Let Me Be Myself – The story of Anne Frank’. The worldwide launch of the exhibition took place in Canberra last February, with officials from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam in attendance at the opening.

As principal sponsor of the nationally-touring exhibition, Dutch-based global bank Rabobank is pleased that the exhibition had been launched and on tour in Australia.

Rabobank Australia chief executive officer Thos Gieskes said, given how positive the regional community’s response to the Anne Frank Travelling Exhibition has been in previous years, the exhibits will undoubtedly draw interest from many people in south-east Queensland.

“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.”

‘Let me be myself – The life story of Anne Frank’ contains seven historical display modules. The structure and design of this part of the 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 identity 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 at Beaudesert until March 16, 2016, the exhibition will continue its Australian tour.
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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 40 countries, servicing the needs of approximately 8.8 million clients worldwide through a network of more than 1000 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 
Head of Media Relations 
Rabobank Australia & New Zealand 
Phone: 02 8115 2744 or 0439 603 525 

Skye Ward
Media Relations Manager
Rabobank Australia & New Zealand
Phone: 02 4855 1111 or 0418 216 103

Irene Girsch-Danby
Cultural Duty Officer | Gallery Curator
Phone: 07 5540 5055