Centro Ana Frank Argentina


Newsletter n°68 - May

This is a monthly communication retelling the events at Centro Ana Frank Argentina, an educational institution in Buenos Aires, Argentina during April and May. For any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at argentina@annefrank.nl

Albert Gomes de Mesquita, classmate of Ana Frank, arrived to Argentina on May 4th and he is staying until May 11th


In the framework of the 70th anniversary of the publication of The Diary of Anne Frank, we are proud to announce the visit to Argentina of Mr. Albert Gomes de Mesquita, Anne Frank’s classmate at the Jewish Lyceum.

Albert arrived on May 4th and is carrying out different activities scheduled with the Ministry of Culture of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, the National Human Rights Secretariat, the Embassy of the Netherlands in Argentina and our Museum.

Albert Gomes de Mesquita was born in Amsterdam in 1930. He was living there with his parents and sister when the nazis invaded the Netherlands in May 1940. Like Ana, he went into hiding to save his life. “I went to hide almost in the same way that Ana did. My parents had good friends who prepared a hiding, like Otto Frank, and invited us to hide with them” explained Albert, without knowing that this would be only the first of the dozen hideouts where he would stay.

We invite you to share with us this story in order to know even more his valuable testimony. It is a unique opportunity that allows us to reflect on the past and to value the social role of the protectors.

Just as happened in the story of Anne Frank, there are people who decided to act and protect those who were persecuted by the nazi regime, although this would put their lives at risk. Thanks to this action, thousands of people were saved.

Activities with Albert:

  • Saturday 6/5 at 6pm: Otto Frank Space: “Anne Frank, my schoolmate“ Exclusive meeting for young people from 16 to 26 years old.
  • Sunday 7/5 at 2 pm: International Book Fair, room Leopoldo Lugones: “Homage to Anne Frank 70 years after the publication of her Diary. Testimony of Albert Gomes de Mesquita and dialogue with Fanny Mandelbaum. Angela Torres plays Anne Frank”.
  • Monday 8/5 at 11:00 am: Opening of the exhibitions “Ana Frank, a history for today” and “From Dictatorship to Democracy – humans rights today” in Quinta Trabucco, Vicente López. The governor of the province of Buenos Aires, Maria Eugenia Vidal and the head of Government of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, have been present.
  • Monday 8/5 at 2:00 p.m.: “Guest Declaration of Honor in the Legislature of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires“. The Minister of Culture of Buenos Aires, Ángel Mahler, the legislator Omar Abboud, the federal judge of the nation and president of the Academic Advisory Council of the Ana Frank Argentina Center Sergio Torres, rabbi of Bet El community Silvina Chemen and the director of the Centro Ana Frank Héctor Shalom have been present.

Otto Frank Space: Next meeting “Anne Frank, my schoolmate” by Albert Gomes de Mesquita

Otto Frank Space

On May 6th, we invite you to a very special meeting. We will have the chance to talk to a person who used to be Anne Frank’s classmate when he was a child: Albert Gomes de Mesquita. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to talk to a survivor from the Shoah, as well as to approach Anne Frank’s life from another view.

Albert lived in Amsterdam and had to go to the Jewish Lyceum after the nazi regime occupied his country. There he had Anne as one of his classmates. He was invited to her 13th birthday, when she received the famous diary as a present. Anne mentions him in her diary: “Albert Gomes de Mesquita came from the Montessori School and he has skipped one year. He is really intelligent.” Anne Frank, June 15th, 1942.

Now he will tell his story in the Otto Frank Space of Young Thinking, and you can take part in this meeting, in which the dialogue and interaction with youngsters will be central. (We have simultaneous translation)

To close the evening, we invited an artistic duet, with a guide from the museum as one of its members.

Exclusive for people between 16 and 26 years old.

You can register here: https://goo.gl/forms/Qu7ohr5CO2LWaRhq1

Don’t miss the live streaming.

See you at 6 pm (new schedule!) at the Centro Ana Frank (Superi 2647). As usual, you can invite friends and relatives between 16 and 26 years old!

The Centro Anne Frank at the International Book Fair

On the 70th anniversary of the publication of the Diary, the Centro Ana Frank Argentina is participating in the 43rd International Book Fair in Buenos Aires, open to the public from April 27th to May 15th.

We are at the stand of the Secretariat of Human Rights and Cultural Pluralism of the Nation.

Visitors can be in contact with a Replica of the original Diary written by Ana Frank between 1942 and 1944 (from its 13 to 15 years old).

Furthermore, editions of the Diary of Anne Frank are displayed in different languages.

On the occasion of the visit of Albert Gomes, on Sunday 7th at 2 pm it took place a special activity “Homage to Anne Frank 70 years after the publication of his Journal. Testimony of Albert Gomes de Mesquita and dialogue with Fanny Mandelbaum. Ángela Torres plays Ana Frank” in the room Leopoldo Lugones.

Seminar for Educators in the Netherlands July 2017 – Registration open

Seminar for Educators

Special program in commemoration to the 70 years of the first publication of the Diary of Anne Frank.

Departure day: July 17th, 2017

Declared an Educational Interest Programme by:

  • The Ministry of Education and Sports of the Nation under Resolution No. 460/2016.
  • The Ministry of Education of the City of Buenos Aires under Resolution 28 / SSCPEE / 16.
  • The Ministry of Education of Ushuaia under Resolution M.ED No.: 1619/16.

The programme includes a day of study and previous preparation in Buenos Aires and another one of evaluation and application of experiences when return, in addition to 6 days in the Netherlands, with activities in Amsterdam and The Hague.

Amsterdam becomes a “classroom”, where participants will live enriching and unforgettable experiences. In addition to the visits to historical sites, museums, and study centers, you will be able to receive testimonies from fellow members of Anne Frank, members of the resistance, people who hid and protected persecuted people during the World War II. The programme will also include workshops given by professionals from the Anne Frank House and educators from different spaces.

For more information, please contact to institutoanafrank@gmail.com or by phone at (011) 3533-8505 int. 31

You still have time to participate in the Newspaper Project!

Newspaper Project

We invite schools from all over the country to participate in this Project, in which students between 10 and 13 years old, schools of especial education and schools of young adults assume the role of journalists and writers.

The proposal consists in the writing of journalistic texts about the Anne Frank´s life, the Holocaust, the military dictatorship in Argentina, human rights in nowadays, diversity and coexistence. Starting from a predetermined format, each group creates their own newspaper, that is later exhibited in panel format in the framework of the birth of Anne Frank. In November, the project closes with the publication of “The kid´s voice”, a printed newspaper that gathers pieces of all the group productions, that is given to each participating school, its authors and partners.

Deadline for the delivery of the material: Wednesday, May 17th (ask for extensions).

To participate in the project, please complete the registration form.

For more information: http://www.centroanafrank.com.ar/article/lanzamiento-de-la-iv-edicion-del-proyecto-de-perio/

The newspaper “The kid´s voice” returns to the classrooms


In this new school year, we continue delivering the 3rd edition of the printed newspaper “The kid´s voice” in the participating schools of last year. In these small acts, the students and writers give to their fellow classmates the newspaper of which they were part, leaving in their hands the realisation of the next edition.

We welcome the new generations of writers and we wish them the best in this path!

Let yourself be a writer! Literary Contest “From Anne Frank to our days”

Literary Contest

The literary Contests are an opportunity for young people and teachers from all over the country to express themselves and their ideals, so that they can make their voices heard.

We invite those who are moved by the life of Anne Frank, Nazism, the last military dictatorship in Argentina and all the history of vulnerability of the human rights to express their thoughts and worries.

The winning texts will be published in the book “Texts and Projects that build coexistence” edited by EUDEBA.

The winners in this instance, will pass to the second part of the contest that consists in the presentation of an educational project. The authors of the eight selected projects will travel to the Netherlands to visit the Anne Frank House!

Deadline:* Friday, July 14*.

Adressed to: – 9° Literary Contest: youngs people between 13 and 25 years old and educators from all levels. – 5° Inclusive Literary Contest: Young people from the age of 13 and adults who belong to or have belonged to special education establishments.

More info in: http://bit.ly/2nEpoi4

The first School Encounters in Diversity are approaching!

School Encounters

The School Encounters consist in bringing together scholar groups from different schools so they can get to know each other and interact about their institutions, traditions and elements that make their identity. Throughout one morning, the museum offers it´s rooms for an especial visit of the exhibition “Anne Frank, a history for today” and, in small groups, the students share workshops with different dynamics of reflection on discrimination, as well as possible actions and proposals that improve coexistence in diversity.

Since 2012 we have made 24 School Encounters with the participation of more than 2500 students. During this month we are having the first two encounters of the year!

We look forward to sharing this beautiful experience!

There are still some places for you to join your school. There are also dates in August and October.

More info: www.centroanafrank.com.ar/article/encuentro-de-escuelas-en-la-diversidad-de-creencia/

The Anne Frank Center visits Schools of Special Education to present their projects

Schools of Special Education

At the request and interest of the schools of special education, the Centro Ana Frank has approached several of them to present their various projects and activities. We were greeted enthusiastically by students, teachers and management teams.

Young people have expressed a lot of knowledge and concern about Anne Frank’s life and her historical context. They were very committed and interested in participating in the various proposals and have even begun to arrange and coordinate visits to the museum.

You can be a guide at Centro Ana Frank: Next Training!

Next Guide Training

On may 26th and 27th, we are having the second training of the year.
If you are between 15 and 25 years old, and would like to be part of our team, or if you know someone who would like to, write to guias.cafa@gmail.com

“Being a volunteer guide is an experience of learning which involves not only history and Human Rights, but also communicatiing with others and telling the story of Anne Frank and our last dictatorship. Being a guide changed the way I used to see the world and encouraged me to leave a trace of change in it” Sol Centeno, volunteer guide.

Be parrt of our team!

School Visits: Come and visit us!

School Visits

We invite you to come to the museum with your school to offer to your students a different and enriching experience.

In a workframe which aims to reach our present times through historical events, the idea is to allow the children to approach the topics we work with, encouraging the interaction with the guide who walks them through the museum.

In order to book a visit, you can call 3533-8505 from Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 7 pm. For further information, you can also write to visitas.centroanafrank@gmail.com

We hope to see you!

Individual visits: a different proposal for the whole family

Individual Visits

We wait for you to see all our spaces, with the opoortunity to do it together with a young volunteer guide from our team.

We offer a visit with different stages, including historical timelines, audiovisual material and vivid experiences, all of them starting in the past to finally get into our days. This experience allows us to ask ourselves about the roles we play as a society towards violence and Human Rights violations.

The museum opens its doors from Tuesday to Saturday, from 2 to 7 pm.

Reflection and remembrance: memorial dates as a resource to keep our past in mind while we visit the museum

In the frame of our visits, and convinced of the importance of raising awareness about the events that left a mark in our history, we incorporated references to historical facts that get through us, considering the topics we work with.

The idea consists of giving our volunteer guides different materials regarding this historical events with two different, and yet integrated, purposes: the first one has to do with the creation of spaces which allow our guides to continue with their training, as they get deeper into those issues that draw their attention; and the second one is about sharing those interests with the young visitors who come to the museum, so that they can learn and think about the important events we commemorate along the year.

On april, every visit was a chance to think about: The day of the war veteran and the fallen soldiers in the Falkland Islands (April 2nd*)- The day of the Uprising in Varsovia’s Ghetto (April 19th)- The Commemoration day for the Armenian Genocide” (April 24th*)

We shall not let the history stay in the past as we look away!

This monrh we will receive the visit from Albert Gomes Mesquita, who used to be Anne Frank’s classmate. It will be a great opportunity to learn more about his life as a survivor.

We invite you to visit the museum in the frame of the historical dates that are coming!

Otto Frank Youth Thinking Space: How do I stand up to gender violence?

Otto Frank Space

On Saturday, April 22, we had our fourth meeting. We are excited to see so many young people who choose us day by day and renew their commitment to this space so rich in reflection and dialogue. It was a very special day as we inaugurated the new exhibition “Traces of violence: Gazes through gender. Young people who think, decide and act.” It works on three main themes: violence against women, trafficking in persons, sexual and gender choice. It was a project that had the young people as protagonists throughout their development, always under the premise that they would be the main recipients.

The journalist María Florencia Alcaraz and Flavia Massenzio, coordinator of the LGBT Advocacy and legal secretary of the FALGBT, participated in the panel of exhibitors. We thank them for their commitment and for providing a warm and comfortable climate for joint reflection on these themes that occupy us and question us.

The courses began at the Anne Frank Institute for Teacher Training


On April 29th we started our courses!

A prestigious teaching staff take the classes. They are aimed at professionals who work in education in order to provide them tools for their daily work that allow us to transform our society with equity.

Activities are taxed and have discount or scholarships for those who need them.

More information at institutoanafrank@gmail.com

Visits of supervisors, directors, librarian teachers and educational work teams to the Museum


On April 20th and 27th, supervisor Julio Ledesma, along with his colleague Graciela Núñez and their management team, visited us. We shared a morning of hard work and an exchange of opinions. The participants had the opportunity to know in depth the Museum and all its activities.

This week we will be joined by the secretaries.

We invite supervisors and deputies, directors and deputy directors to know this space and to be able to make their team meetings here!

We presented the book “Being parents, being children. The Challenges of Adolescence”

Presentation Book

On Thursday April 20th the presentation of the book “Being parents, being children. The Challenges of Adolescence, “written by Mario Izcovich, took part at the Centro.

We enjoyed a beautiful meeting joined by deep reflections in which new questions challenge us as parents, educators and children. Debates were generated around issues such as boundaries, roles and institutions.

Among the participants, it was possible to find professionals from different fields such as educators and psychologists, as well as representatives of different institutions and young people interested in the subject.

We appreciate the special participation of its author Mario Izcovich, psychologist and psychoanalyst, and the panelists Marcelo Krichesky, Daniel Korinfeld and Sandra Ziegler for their valuable contributions.

Thank you all for your participation and look forward to the next activities!

The travelling exhibitions keep on travelling around the country!

Travelling Exhibitions

During April, our travelling exhibitions were shown at City of San Javier, Province of Santa Fe. Our congratulations to the youngsters who participated in this unforgettable experience and our gratitude for the disposition from the authorities on this project!

If you are interested in planning an exposition of any of our exhibitions at your school or municipality, you can get in contact with us.

For further information about our exhibitions, go check our website www.centroanafrank.com.ar/muestras-itinerantes or send us an email to proyectoscafa@gmail.com.

Our exhibitions arrived to the General Archive of the Nation

General Archive of the Nation

Tuesday, April 18 our exhibitions “Anne Frank – a history for today” and “From Dictatorship to Democracy – humans rights today” were inaugurated at General Archive of the Nation, which enabled the creation of a strong bond with the Ministry of the Interior. This event was attended by Emilio Perina (director of the General Archive), Juan Carlos Morán (undersecretary of the Interior) and Héctor Shalom, director of the Centro Ana Frank Argentina, along with many who approached to spend together this important event.

The exhibitions will be there until May 15th and will then begin a tour of the archives of the country throughout the year.

It is very important to us to be able to reach the different provinces and transmit our message all over Argentina!