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Anne Frank exhibition to tour schools

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MONTREAL — An exhibition on Anne Frank and the Holocaust will begin a two-year tour of Quebec on Nov. 11, Remembrance Day, at Collège Bourget in Rigaud, a private Catholic elementary and high school with more than 1,100 students.

The itinerary of “Anne Frank: Une histoire d’aujourdhui” is being co-ordinated by Julie Couture, a Quebecer who has worked at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam since 2009.

The bilingual exhibition will travel to schools, youth centres and summer camps throughout Quebec, including Lévis, St. Hyacinthe, Quebec City and Montreal.

It has already been presented in some 60 countries around the world. This will be its Canadian premiere.

 “The exhibition has a dual mission,” said Couture, “to tell the story of the Holocaust and World War II to Quebec youth through the life of a young girl and to encourage exchange and discussion on the themes of the exhibition, such as the dangers of discrimination and the importance of tolerance.”

The Canadian connection is strong, she added. Canadian soldiers liberated the Netherlands, members of the Dutch royal family found refuge in Canada during the war, and Canadian troops accompanied the British in the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen camp where Frank died in 1945.

Each school will receive a pedagogical guide developed by the Anne Frank House. Student teams will be invited to present the exhibition to their peers.

After the Quebec tour, the exhibition will be made available to interested schools in the rest of Canada, starting in 2014.

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