Fayetteville is East Coast Destination for National Traveling Anne Frank Exhibits

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In March - April next year Fayetteville hosts three national exhibits - two from the Anne Frank Center USA - another from the National Holocaust Museum. Eight other exhibits and events support these national exhibits. Together they form a series that discusses and educates about the evils of intolerance; while honoring those that died in the holocaust and those that fought in WWII.

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County will present “Anne Frank: A History for Today” and “Art and Propaganda in Nazi-Occupied Holland,” two traveling exhibits from the Anne Frank Center USA in New York. These exhibits will be open to the public March 18, 2013 through April 21, 2013 with special times available for groups.

“Our intention is for these exhibits to serve as an experience that will create a springboard for community discussions about intolerance,” said Deborah Martin Mintz, Executive Director of the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. These exhibits encourage conversation about anti-bullying as well as promote discussions about prejudice, discrimination, violence and genocide.

“We are very excited that Fayetteville and Cumberland County will host these eminent exhibits from the Anne Frank Center USA. With so many of the community’s organizations coming together, we are able to present an experience beyond the exhibits. We hope these reminders of history will reinforce the Holocaust Remembrance,” said John Meroski, CEO of Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB).

People around the world and in the Fayetteville/Cumberland County community will recognize Holocaust Remembrance Day during this community-wide project.

Area arts, cultural and historical organizations are also participating to deepen the experience of the thought-provoking exhibits in the Arts Council’s galleries through multiple events and lectures, including:


March 18-April 21 “History of Fayetteville’s Jewish Community” – Artifacts and educational panels at the Fayetteville Transportation and Local History Museum.

March 19-June16 “Fayetteville and the Wilmington Race Riot of 1898” – Artifacts Exhibit at the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex to highlight the political and historical factors that led to the riot and to explore Fayetteville’s connections to the event including, Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry members who went to Wilmington immediately following the riot to keep the peace and the Fayetteville-raised author Charles Chesnutt who wrote about the riot. The exhibit will examine an event from America’s troubled racial history. Thirty years after the Civil War, intolerance over the status of African Americans sparked a campaign to reassert white supremacy in government and society, which led to huge amounts of propaganda by political parties. In turn, this ignited a series of violent events in Wilmington. The exhibit examines the “riot” and Fayetteville’s responses and connections.

March 18-April 21 “82nd Airborne Division and Propaganda in Nazi-Occupied Holland” – Exhibit of Dutch National Socialist Movement related artifacts captured by the Division during WWII. Additional exhibit about the liberation of Wobbelin concentration camp by the Division on May 2, 1945 at the 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum, Ft. Bragg.

April 1-May 22 “Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings” (http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/online/bookburning/) – Multimedia traveling exhibit from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum at the headquarters branch of the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center. The exhibit explores how book burning became a potent symbol in America’s battle against Nazism and why they continue to resonate with the public—in film, literature, and political discourse – to this day. The public burning of works by Jewish and non-Jewish authors from around the world was a visual affront to one of America’s most treasured freedoms – the right to the free expression of ideas.


Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and Cape Fear Regional Theatre will present “Quartet for the End of Time” and selected readings from the stage adaptation of the Diary of Anne Frank on April 7, 2013, at 6 p.m. at Cape Fear Regional Theatre. Quartet for the End of Time was written and performed for the first time in a concentration camp. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quatuor_pour_la_fin_du_temps)


April 11, 2013 – 7 p.m. Shaw Auditorium in the School of Business and Economics at FSU – Dr. Bradley Kadel, Assistant Professor of History at FSU, will present “Medicine, The Disabled and the Road to the Holocaust.” This presentation argues that the campaign against the disabled and euthanasia programs implemented before the Holocaust helped pave the way for mass killing by enlisting medical professionals and managing public outcries of dissent.

April 14, 2013 – 2 p.m. Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex – LeRae Umfleet, author of “A Day of Blood: The 1898 Wilmington Race Riot,” will speak about the riot.

Clark Auditorium, Methodist University – Lecture on Cyber-Bullying by Dr. Eric See, Chair, Department of Justice Studies, Applied Forensic Science, and Cyber Crime at Methodist University. Dr. See will speak about aspects of social media that provide access for cyber-bullying, its prevalence, its characteristics and its effects.

Group tours of the Arts Council and Transportation Museum exhibits are available March 14-15, March 21-22, and March 28-29 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Group tours of those same exhibits, plus the Library, are available April 4-5, April 11-12, and April 18-19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. To book a group tour, contact Shannon Deaton, FACVB Tourism Sales Manager at 910-483-5311.

The exhibits challenge visitors to engage with current events and to take an active role in their communities and government.

About the exhibits at the Arts Council:

Anne Frank: A History for Today (http://www.annefrank.com/exhibitions/traveling-exhibits/anne-frank-a-history-for-today/) centers around the life of Anne Frank and gives visitors a view of the Holocaust through the perspective of the Jewish teenager. Organized in a timeline format, the exhibit consists of 7-foot-high fabric panels. The central element of the exhibit shows the progression of Anne’s life and family, and the other side shows the major historical events that changed their lives. Introducing visitors to the history of World War I and World War II, the emphasis of this exhibit is placed on the distinction between individuals who chose to join the Nazi Party and become perpetrators, those who remained bystanders and the few who resisted Nazi tyranny.

Art Propaganda in Nazi-Occupied Holland, (http://www.annefrank.com/exhibitions/traveling-exhibits/art-propoganda/) is a colorful representation of Dutch Resistance Art and Official Propaganda during the period of 1940-1945. It is based on three collections: 8 original propaganda posters distributed by the Nazi-controlled Dutch government; 21 linoleum and woodcut prints by Marie de Zaaijer, which depict the hardship Holland suffered during the war; and several original, vivid drawings by the Dutch artist Henri Pieck, created during his confinement at Buchenwald concentration camp.

This PROFILE SHEET is being used to market the series to groups. http://www.visitfayettevillenc.com/annefrank.html

About the FACVB:

The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Fayetteville/Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit http://www.visitfayettevillenc.com or call 1-800-255-8217. Fayetteville/Cumberland County is America’s first military sanctuary. Through the Army’s Army and other volunteer groups, our citizens and businesses are dedicated to “watching over those who watch over us.”

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