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Anne Frank Exhibition Opened in the Grand Synagogue of Edirne

Anne Frank “A History for Today” exhibition is opened in the Grand Synagogue of Edirne on September 29th, Sunday.
Anne Frank Exhibition Opened in the Grand Synagogue of Edirne

The Anne Frank exhibition, that is organized in various cities in Turkey, by the Foundation of Civilian and Ecological Rights (SEHAK), in collaboration with the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, is opened in the Grand Synagogue of Edirne.

For the opening ceremony of the exhibition, as well as the president of SEHAK I₫il Demirel and her colleagues, Mayor of Edirne Recep Gürkan and representing the Foundations Regional Management, Hamit Bulgurcu, who has played a part in realizing the exhibition, were also present. 

The exhibition is trying to narrate and describe the painful events that took place in the important cities and countries of Europe during the Nazi era’s cruelty, based on the diary of a 14-year-old girl, to the children, youth and adults of our day. The exhibition, which will interest and inform many people, especially students in Edirne greatly, will be open for visitors until November 3rd. 

During the opening ceremony, representing the Turkish Jewish Community, Sivyo Ovadya and Metin Delevi gave speeches. 

Metin Delevi’s affective speech during the opening ceremony was as follows: 

“Anne Frank - how did her sorry eyes, fragile face, short life reached today? How is it that she still has a museum to be visited, exhibitions to go to and a story to be read and learned? 

Thanks to her memories, her feelings, her words that she wrote so honestly, sincerely, cleverly... Thanks to this diary, her telling of ‘evil’ without saying it, her describing day by day how her beautiful life was taken from her... Thanks to her being able to show, how evil kept following, finally finding her, from country to country, wherever she ran or hid... 

The disaster lived was so great so inexplicable that, just one girl’s story became the way to reality. What Anne Frank went through and her words were so real, ones who read them started to understand the Holocaust reality. 

Why are we here? Because education is very important; we should show, tell and explain, we know... To remember her life, her dreams, her hopes... As Anne Frank had said, ‘I still believe people are good deep down in their hearts.’ 

We still need Anne Frank, not just to remember, teach and honor; to be able to hope for the future, to go on living with optimism. Anne Frank had said, ‘I don’t want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful, make people happy, give hope, even to those I have never met. I want to live, even after I’m dead.’ We are here with the comfort that we have accomplished her will.”


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