Anne Frank: A History for Today

We finally managed to get to the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) to see the Anne Frank exhibit called, “Anne Frank: A History for Today“.  I didn’t take pictures at the exhibit, other than the picture and it’s placard you see above, because I didn’t feel it was right to take pictures.  That and with all the people there, Joya didn’t want to walk, so I had to carry her around the entire exhibit.  The picture I did take was not in the Anne Frank exhibit proper, it was another exhibit of Holocaust art from a family that survived.

Sadly, I have to admit that the Holocaust art exhibit was much better than the actual Anne Frank exhibit.  Probably because I was expecting something much different, and also because it was more participatory than I had expected.  The exhibit was a timeline of the rise of Naziism in Germany and Anne Frank’s life, where they overlapped and how and on to her eventual arrest and interment in a concentration camp.  Essentially it was large placards that had this timeline drawn on them with docents to explain.  Perhaps I would’ve liked it more had I actually talked to the docents at each placard.  Joya didn’t seem too thrilled about that, though, she was being anti-social today.  I don’t think she would have let me stand there and talk to them.  I was already getting tired because she insisted that I carry her throughout the exhibit (the anti-socialism).  The timeline was a very good timeline though it didn’t cover as much detail as I would have liked.  The only artifact was a reproduction of some pages of Anne Frank’s diary.  The highlight was a movie they were showing in the exhibit.  I briefly considered sitting and watching it but it was completely packed with a school group and Joya didn’t seem to keen on sitting in one spot for any period of time.  I think I would’ve like it better had we watched the video and talked to the docents.  Perhaps we’ll go back another day and hope for fewer people — but we have to before it closes on February 12.  I think this exhibit would be something great for Joya when she gets older and can understand the ideas and concepts behind the exhibit a little better.

The Holocaust art exhibit was fascinating and remarkable.  I walked through it twice — and could probably walk through it a few more times.  To me, art seems to encapsulate the emotion — raw and untainted — of what it is trying to represent.  The artists in this exhibit did an absolutely amazing job.  So amazing that the art evoked the same feelings I experienced when I toured Dachau while in Germany.  I hope the art moves and other people get to experience it, too.  I do plan to take Joya to Germany when she’s older and we will definitely tour Dachau.  I’d like to get to Auschwitz, but I don’t know if I could handle that much of an assault on my emotions, let alone how Joya would do.  We’ll see after Dachau.

MOSH is located near Friendship Fountain in downtown Jax, so we went for a walk around the fountain while we were out.  I let Joya run around on her own and she almost took out a couple that was walking around the fountain when she almost instantaneously veered in front of them.  I apologized profusely and they said don’t worry about it.  I still felt bad about it.

I took several pictures of Joya as she ran around the fountain.  No matter how hard I tried, she wouldn’t look at me so I couldn’t get her face in the pictures.  At one point there were a flock of seagulls that grabbed her attention.  No matter how hard I tried, she just kept watching them and tried to run off after them.  And she tried to run off after a group of school kids who were in the park around the fountain after their tour of the MOSH.  I finally corralled her and headed back to the car and home.

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