Centro Ana Frank Argentina


Newsletter n°69 - June

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

Albert Gomes de Mesquita arrived to the country and was recived by the team of the Centro Ana Frank Argentina

Albert with the staff

As a way of welcome, Albert Gomes de Mesquita was greeted with a warm lunch with the staff of the Centro Ana Frank. In addition to honour him, the meeting had as objective to present him the work team, the museum, the activities we carry out and our goals. Together with his wife Bep, Albert gave a very warm and moving speech, opening the agenda of activities that we would shared with him throughout the week of his visit.

Without a doubt, this unique opportunity to meet him allowed us to keep on growing and strengthening in order to continue the valuable legacy of her classmate, Anne Frank.

Press conference with Mahler, Angela Torres and the cast of “The Diary of Anne Frank”

During the press conference

After lunch, Albert participated in the press conference organized by the Ministry of Culture of Buenos Aires City on the occasion of the opening of the play “The Diary of Anne Frank” at the CC 25 de Mayo, accompanied by Angel Mahler, Minister of Culture of Buenos Aires, Angela Torres, interpreter of Anne Frank in the play, Hector Shalom, Director of the Centro Ana Frank Argentina, and the whole cast.

Important media were present such as Télam, TN/Channel 13, Infobae, City Channel and City Magazine, who asked Albert about Anne Frank’s, their relationship, how was the birthday on which she received her famous diary, among other questions.

“Find good people”. Albert Gomes de Mesquita in Otto Frank Space for Young Thinking

Otto Frank Space

On May 6th, in the frame of his visit to Argentina, Albert Gomes Mesquita shared his story with more than 160 youngsters who were willing to receive his legacy.
All those who had the chance to listen to him, showed themselves truly moved by his story and inspired by his message.

We thank him so much for giving us the opportunity to meet him. His genorosity, nobility and sense of humour were visible at every moment. We can’t say how important it is for us that he could show it’s possible to keep those qualities all over life.

After his testimony, Albert expressed how moving it was for him to meet so many youngsters looking forward to his story, in order to transmit it to others and improve the world they live in. We surely agree with him, since very time we see more people who, far from being indifferent, show awareness regarding social problems in our present, and want to do something about them.

Thank you for trusting us with your legacy!

Albert Gomes de Mesquita inaugurated the traveling exhibitions at Vicente Lopez together with governor Maria Eugenia Vidal


In the context of his visit to Buenos Aires, Albert participated in the inauguration of the travelling exhibitions at Quinta Trabucco, Vicente López. It had also the support of Buenos Aires Province governor, Maria Eugenia Vidal, Buenos Aires City mayor, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Vicente López Municipality mayor, Jorge Macri, federal judge Sergio Torres, and the director of the Centro Ana Frank Argentina Héctor Shalom.

Vicente López is the first destination of the exhibition’s tour through Buenos Aires Province, which counts with the collaboration of the provincial government. Local peer guides were in charge of guiding students and the community in general through the exhibition during the period it was presented at Quinta Trabucco.

Albert Gomes Mesquita in the International Book Fair in Buenos Aires


Going on with the activities during his visit to the country, Albert Gomes Mesquita was in the International Book Fair in Buenos Aires with Fanny Mandelbaum, a very known journalist, who had a warm dialogue with him and allowed us to learn some more about his story.

We also counted with the presence of Angela Torres, who shared some monologues from the play “The Diary of Anne Frank”, which is being performed in “25 de Mayo” theatre.

On behalf of the group of young volunteers, who are the true heart of the museum, one of our guides was there to tell everyone what it means to her to be one o those who shares Anne Frank’s legacy with others.

We thank all of them for being part of this event, which gathered more than 200 people.

Life stories such as Albert’s diserve and have to be told in order to keep memory alive and prevent crimes against humanity from being commited ever again.

“Besides thousands of books and readings, the chance to listen to a testimony from a kid who went through tthe Holocaust in first person is unique, not to mention his connection with Anne Frank. The fact that his comvictioms moved him to travel such a long distance, and seeing him with tje young actress who plays Anne Frank, both show that Albert’s story represents the past, but also the present and the future”. Guido Diligenti, winner from the Literary Contest and teacher at the Institute in Centro Ana Frank.

Albert Gomes de Mesquita was declared Guest of Honour in the Legislature of Buenos Aires

In the Legislature

On May 8th, in a warm ceremony with important authorities present, Albert Gomes de Mesquita was declared guest of honor in the hall San Martin of the Legislature of the City of Buenos Aires with his wife Bep, Angel Mahler, minister of Culture of Buenos Aires , Omar Abboud, legislator of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires and member of the Honour Committee of the Centro Ana Frank, Sergio Torres, Federal Judge of the Nation and President of the Academic Advisory Council of the Centro Ana Frank Argentina, Silvina Chemen, Rabbi of the Bet El Community, and Hector Shalom, director of the Centro Ana Frank Argentina.

Each of the members present gave speeches of thanks and gratitude to Albert Gomes de Mesquita, who said: “Loving your neighbour is the message that must continue to be spread by institutions that, like the Centro Anne Frank, carry out this beautiful work (...) Once again, thank you and thank you.”

Federal Judge Sergio Torres said: “I am very proud that the City welcomes a person like Albert, whose testimony will leave traces on the thousands of people who will hear his message”. For his part, Minister Mahler commented: “The kindness of Albert is incredible, who had the joy of being able to escape and be hidden like Anne Frank. We have to feel that these stories have to serve for something, so that they never happen again”.

In turn, Abboud said: “For those who have survived with such dignity as Albert, it deserves to be acknowledged by people. We must continue working so that humanity will never again make mistakes of this kind”. And Hector Shalom, director of the Centero, stated:” This visit of Albert enhances the projects we have with various state agencies; it´s name and history allows us to catalyze these agreements. He comes to help us in this push and to spread our message throughout the country”.

In addition, Rabbi Chemen mentioned that Albert teaches us about protection since “he has the greatness to understand that thanks to the love and sacrifice of many people he was able to continue living”, and Catalina de la Fuente, a guide of the Museum, affirmed that examples such as those of Ana and Albert “should continue to be reproduced daily around the world to work towards human rights”.

The legacy of Albert in the most important media of the country


On the occasion of the visit, a lot of media interviewed Albert to know how it was Ana Frank and also, to ask him about the memories that he has of her, as well as to spread her message, legacy and strength.

For several days, Télam, Clarín, Infobae, Diario Perfil, TN/Canal 13, City Channel, City Magazine, El Cronista, Revista Para Ti, Gente Magazine and Diario Popular, approached the to the Center in order to interview him and know his valuable history.

At the same time, many other smaller media replicated the great ones, making their message of hope and resistance even more visible.

The exhibitions keep on touring the country

Traveling exhibitions

During May, the exhibitions were exposed at Vicente López, Buenos Aires Province, and at San Carlos Sud and Santa Fe City, Santa Fe Province. Youngsters from every locality were trained as volunteer guides. Schools and the community in general got to know the history guided by our peer guides.

Our congratulations to the peer guides and everyone who made it possible for us to reach more and more places with our message!

If you have any interest on planning the presentation of any of our exhibitions at your school or municipality, you can get in contact with us.

For further information about our exhibitions go visit our website http://www.centroanafrank.com.ar/muestras-itinerantes or you can send an e-mail to proyectoscafa@gmail.com.


On May 26th and 27th, we received the second group of youngsters who chose to come forward to take part in the training to become a member of the group of volunteers who bring the museum into life.

We thank you for your dedication, effort commitment and participation. We can now say you are guides from Centro Ana Frank, and we blindly trust you with the legacy of Anne Frank, to make it yours and share it with others.

If you are aged between 15 and 25, and you want to be part of our team, or if you know someone who wants to, send us an email to guiascafa@gmail.com

You can also be a guide at Centro Ana Frank!

Open Museum June 24th: a wonderful opportunity to visit the museum with your family-free entrance

Open Museum

Framed by the 70th Anniversary of the publishing of the Diary, and in order to commemorate the 88th Anniversary of Anne Frank’s birth, on Saturday 24th from 2pm to 8pm, the museum will offer a special day with workshops and activities for all those who want to know about our projects.

In the context of the 8th Anniversary of Centro Ana Frank, we will offer a wide range of activities during the day, with suitable proposals for all ages.

Among the activities we will provide, we can mention:

  • Guided visits around our rooms, leaded by our volunteer young guides.
  • Access to the recreation of the hiding place where Anne Frank spent two years with other seven people. Unique in Latin America.
  • Audiovisual material.
  • Activities for children.
  • Testimonies.
  • Book sale.

We invite you all to live an unforgetable and unique experience, aimed to all the family to reflex, enjoy and have a good time.

Don’t miss it!

Commemorative Act on June 15th: 70 years after the publication of the Diary, we will display the newspapers of 2400 students in the country!

Newspaper Project

In the frame of the 4th Journal Project “Ana wrote her Diary, we write ours”, students of 72 groups from different parts of the country, have participated assuming a journalist role, investigating and writing together with their teachers articles related to Anne Frank´s life, the Second World War, the nazism, dictatorship in Argentina, discrimination and coexistance nowadays.

Te articles will be display in panels in the Soka Gakkai Auditorium during the Event that will commemorate the 88th anniversary of Anne Frank’s birth, the 70th anniversary of the Diary publication and the 8° anniversary of the Centro Ana Frank, on June 15th at 9am.

We will be waiting for all young writers from the City of Buenos Aires and from the provinces of Buenos Aires, Chaco, Misiones and Cordoba to commemorate all together the anniversaries.

Otto Frank Space – The Seventh Encounter is coming!

Otto Frank Space

We invite you on Saturday 6th at 6 pm, in order to know more about Muslim traditions and the present of this population in Turkey and in our country.

Given that the date coincides with the Muslim month of Ramadan, we will share the fasting cut (iftar) with Turkish refugees who have recently arrived in our country searching for asylum. Later on, we will have the chance to listen to their stories and learn more about the reality they live in today.

We will have the presence of Nancy Falcon, member of the directive committee from Centro Alba.

Exclussive encounter for people between 16 and 26 years old.

You can sign up through this link: https://goo.gl/forms/Qu7ohr5CO2LWaRhq1

Don´t miss the live streaming: https://youtu.be/cB7V2k8xHJ0

We hope to see you on Saturday at 6 pm at Centro Ana Frank (Superi 2647). As usual, you can invite friends and relatives aged between 16 and 26.

School Visits: Come and see us!

School Visits

We invite you to visit the museum with your school, in the frame of a proposal that will be interesting and truly enriching for your students.

Leaded by a member of our group of young guides, we invite the children to go around our rooms. These go through different historical events to finally arrive in our present times. Firmly convinced about peer education, we encourage the kids to interact with their guide, with whom they frequently coincide in terms of age.

Going on with ephemeris as a way to bring history into our present, during June, our visits will be framed in two big dates which are extremely relevant to us:

  • The 88th Anniversary of Anne Frank´s birth-June 12th
  • The 70th Anniversary of the publishing of the Diary-June 25th

Let´s hold on to the pedagogy of memory.

In order to ask for a visit, you can call 3533-8505 from Mondays to Fridays, from 9am to 7 pm. For further information, you can write to visitas.centroanafrank@gmail.com

Hope to see you!

Individual Visits: We are waiting for you!

Individual Visits

We invite you to visit our different spaces, leaded by a young guide from our team.

Combining audiovisual material, historical timelines and vivid experiences, our proposal takes different historical moments to eventually focus on our reality nowadays.

It is for us a major priority to create awareness on the different situations of discrimination, violence and violation of human rights, in the aim of thinking about the role each of us plays in them, given that we are all members of the same society.

The museum opens its doors from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 2 to 7m pm.

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” edit 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 Netherland 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 or have belonged to special education establishments.

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

Do you want to know where the travelling exhibitions will be exposed?

Travelling Exhibitions

During June, the exhibitions may be visited at Casa del Sur, Ciudad de Santa Fe, and at “Juan Hilarión Lenzi” Provincial Public Library, within the context of the Provincial Book Fair. And in turn, a tour through Iriondo department’s 12 localities will take place from the middle of June until the end of September.

If you have any interest on planning the presentation of any of our exhibitions at your school or municipality, you can get in contact with us.

For further information about our exhibitions you can visit our website http://www.centroanafrank.com.ar/muestras-itinerantes or send us an e-mail to proyectoscafa@gmail.com.

Self-trained course “Anne Frank`s world”

Self-trained course

If you would like to know about Anne Frank´s history, don`t miss this opportunity!. It`s about a distance learning and short option, available for everyone who wants to do it, not only teachers. It´s free and grants a diploma.

Mode: Each one administrate its own time. There are three classes and an introductory video. At the end, there is a multiple choice questionary. Once you complete it all, you get the diploma.

You can start whenever you want!

Also, there you will find all Educative Projects made by the Literature contest winners.

The course is available at http://campus.centroanafrank.com.ar/login/index.php

More info at institutoanafrank@gmail.com or at (011) 3533-8505, int. 33

Face to face courses

It´s open the registration to our courses that will begin on 19th august. All of them are dictated by a prestigious teaching staff formed in each of the subjects.


  • Anne Frank and writing as a practice of freedom, dictated by Sonia Bernardes
  • Diversity and coexistence in the classroom, dictated by Flavio Rapisardi
  • Violenece at school, dictated by Alicia Mizrahi
  • Formation of citizenship by the teaching of the Holocaust, dictated by Emmanuel Kant and Celeste Adamoli
  • The debate as a teaching and learning tool: how to deal with complex situations, dictated by Mónica Visenti and Anush Grati.

Attended: Saturdays from 9 am to 12.30 pm at the Centro Ana Frank Argentina, Superí 2647, CABA.
Score: 0.360 for C.A.B.A. and 0.28 for the pcia. of Bs. As.

Our training proposals aim to *reflect our own practice in order to provide
strategies and tools to participants for classroom work*, assuming the
commitment of producing knowledge to transform the world where we live.

For more information, please send us an email to institutoanafrank@gmail.com or by telephone at (011) 3533-8505 int. 34.