Long before flash drives and phones took over family photography, paper pictures lined the walls of homes and offices. Anne Frank, the young girl who perished in a Nazi concentration camp,continues to speak to generations through her diary, and her family were no different. Often times, it was her father, Otto Frank who would snap photos of his wife and daughters in their candid and normal normal life before the war. Uniquely Anne, when her father neglected to caption many of the photographs, some time later she did it herself, allowing viewers to be touched by her profound personality and surprising wit for a girl her age.
These photos are now on display in an exhibit called Anne Frank-A Private Photo Album, until March 31st at the Dallas Holocaust Museum. Along with the photographs, the exhibit includes a video of Anne's life that lasts about 25 minutes.
Permanent items on display demonstrate the wounds left by the war and include a staggering amount of abandoned eyeglasses, clothing worn at a concentration camp, newspaper clippings and a wall of remembrance. At this wall, visitors can make their peace in memory of those who were lost. Overall, this museum offers an informative glimpse into life during the war, focusing on facts rather than tears, allowing for both learning and reflection.
The museum is located at 211 Record Street in downtown Dallas and is accessible by DART. Museum hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. The Anne Frank exhibit is free with regular paid admission.