At an understated entrance on 2nd Ave. and Lenora Street in Belltown, the Holocaust Center for Humanity stands on the historic Crystal Pool/Natatorium site. Reservations are required to tour the center, featuring the current exhibit, “Let Me Be Myself: The Life Story of Anne Frank”. As much of the world knows, Anne Frank, her family, and others hid in a secret attic above her father’s office in Amsterdam for two years before the Nazi reign of terror claimed them. Being Jewish, they were sent to concentration camps once discovered. Of the family, only her father Otto survived. Through Anne’s vivid diary, we were all given a glimpse of a young girl’s hopes and dreams.
The exhibit about Anne Frank will be at the Center through May 30th. Reservations are required, and the suggested donation for touring the interior is $10 per adult and $5 for students or seniors. It is family-friendly (though with sobering content) and recommended for children in 5th grade or higher. But there are activities available to keep younger kids occupied, too. On large panels printed with simple words, the exhibit juxtaposes events from that period in history with photos of Anne and her family’s life. There is a replica of Anne’s diary and a scale model of the family’s hiding place in Holland during those two years, as well as everyday items from that era. A 30-minute documentary is the pinnacle of this display.
In addition to Anne’s exhibit, Holocaust Remembrance Day (“Yom Hashoah” in Hebrew) will be commemorated on April 15th at the Center. The event is free, but reservations are required with limited seating. Two survivors of the Holocaust will speak, the Anne Frank exhibit will be open, and there will be a memorial service with a candle lighting.
Another fine way to commemorate those lives lost during the Holocaust can be viewed at the Seattle Center. You can gaze upon an actual offshoot/descendant from Anne Frank’s chestnut tree, which she took solace in from her attic window. It’s planted in the Peace Garden there, near the Space Needle. And like Anne’s diary, it lives on.
The Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity
2045 Lenora Street, Seattle, WA 98121
Hours: Wednesdays and Sundays, 10 am – 4 pm, with reservations. Student field trips and adult groups can be arranged.