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Anne Frank exhibit coming to L-EHS

Posted: December 27, 2013 4:55 p.m.
Updated: December 30, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) will serve as host for an international exhibit featuring noted World War II figure Anne Frank’s life Jan. 7-Feb. 15.

Anne Frank: A History for Today tells Frank’s story against the background of the Holocaust and Second World War. The exhibit contains more than 30 panels of images and text and is accompanied by a 20-minute video. Select L-EHS students will be trained to serve as tour guides.

The public is invited to attend the exhibit’s opening night on Jan. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. Opening night will also feature author Sarah Spoto and a dramatic reading by L-EHS student Michaela Miller. Spoto, who teaches at Stover Middle School, recently published Lost Childhood, a memoir by Henry Silberstein. Silberstein is a Holocaust survivor and the book was recently featured in Rochester, N.Y., at the Jewish Community Center’s fall book festival.

Spoto said the purpose of the book is to provide a firsthand account from a survivor but “what separates this memoir from other testimonies are the documents and photographs featured in the book that Henry was able to recover after the war.”

L-EHS social studies teacher Sharon White is coordinating the exhibit.

“Since many people will not have the chance to visit the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, the museum’s display will provide a unique opportunity for the students and community of Kershaw County and central South Carolina to experience the images and information contained in the exhibit right here at Lugoff-Elgin High School,” White said.

All L-EHS students and students from other Kershaw County schools will view the exhibit during a school day. In addition to the grand opening on Jan. 9, the display will be open to the public on Jan. 23 and Feb. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. There is no charge to visit the exhibit.

White said that former L-EHS student Coy Gibson is responsible for helping to bring the display to the school. The exhibit travels around the world with recent stops in Belgium, Brazil and Canada.

Anne Frank: A History for Today was developed by the Anne Frank House and is sponsored in North America by the Anne Frank Center USA.

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