The Familie Frank Zentrum (The Frank Family Centre) intends to increase public awareness of the history of the Frank family. This educational effort draws on historical research based on the collection, documents and photos. The range of formats extends from exhibitions, workshops, lectures and readings to digital educational services.
Online exhibition "The history of the family of Anne Frank"
This exhibition on the Google Arts & Culture platform offers a glimpse of the world of Anne Frank’s ancestors. The visuals include family photos and snapshots, paintings and objects that once belonged to the family and are now preserved in The Frank Family Centre. The exhibition is suitable for both adults and children who would like to learn more about Anne Frank, her predecessors and Jewish life in Frankfurt.
For school classes: Strong roots in the Judengasse
Süßkind Stern was an ancestor of the Frank family. His portrait in the Museum Judengasse is the oldest likeness of a Frankfurt Jew. This painting is an inspiring starting-point for school classes to engage with the world of the Judengasse around 1700. Possible key topics: everyday life in the Gasse, relationships with Christian citizens of Frankfurt and religious life. This service is aimed at schoolchildren from the 4th grade upwards.
The Frank family in our new permanent exhibition
In late summer 2019 the Jewish Museum will be opening its new permanent exhibition. The Frank family plays an important part. Their exclusive exhibition space offers a wide public the opportunity to learn more about the everyday life, the impact and the life paths of this family through several generations. Objects and documents from the family estate bring to life the world in which the family lived. There is a special focus on Otto Frank, for it is thanks to his efforts that the diary of his daughter Anne Frank became world famous. There will be special activities for children throughout the Frank family room.
Lectures, workshops and other offers about the Frank family
Since its inception The Frank Family Centre has been actively involved in events about the Frank family. In 2015 we supported the reading festival "Frankfurt liest ein Buch" (Frankfurt reads a book), with Mirjam Pressler’s book Grüße und Küsse (Greetings and Kisses) at the centre, accompanied by a thematically appropriate symposium. Here the theme of “Jewish educational awareness and self-conception as citizens” was treated with a focus on Anne Frank’s relatives Moritz, Alfred and Clara Stern. A further emphasis was on the banker Michael Frank and the bank he founded in 1885.
In 2016 we offered a workshop at the Pop Up Boats in collaboration with the Pedagogical Centre at which participants could read moving letters from the Frank family correspondence. In 2017 the annual Anne Frank Day on 12th June was called into being, co-arranged by The Frank Family Centre. In 2018 we organized a scenic reading from the Anne Frank Graphic Diary on this day, and were involved in presenting an online exhibition about the Frank family.