Anne Frank story 'a lesson in need for diversity'

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A Bradford school hopes to lead the way in improving relations between the city’s diverse religious communities when it hosts an exhibition about tragic Jewish teenager Anne Frank.

Grange Technology College will be the first school in Bradford to host the touring exhibition by the Anne Frank Trust next month, and other schools have been invited.

With many children at the school being from a Muslim background, as well as a high immigrant community, staff at the school felt the exhibition would be a good way to increase understanding between different faiths and cultures.

The teenage girl is famous for her diary, which documents her time hiding in rooms in an Amsterdam house to avoid capture by the Nazis.

Her family was eventually found out, and she died aged 15 in Bergen Belsen concentration camp. The diary was published after her death and has become a worldwide best seller.

Coming to the school on Monday, March 3, the exhibition highlights Anne Frank’s story and the history of the Holocaust. Students are also taught about themes like prejudice, diversity and human rights – with several being trained as “ambassadors” who can spread the messages learned during the two-week exhibition.

The Anne Frank Trust says the exhibition can show the dangers of when different communities and religions fail to integrate.

Grange religious studies teacher Mohammed Zakir, said: “We have a very diverse community at Grange and we thought we needed to look at ways of celebrating these differences.

“We thought that the story of Anne Frank was a good way to spread that message.

“We have a few primary schools coming in during the exhibition, and it is proving to be very popular. We have already had to turn a few schools away because it is so popular.”

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