Centro Ana Frank Argentina


Newsletter n°73 - October

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

Our condolences to the family of Mr. Mayor Eberhard Van der Laan


All of us, who are part of the Ana Frank Center, Argentina, want to offer our sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Mayor Eberhard Van der Laan, to all those who accompanied his management and to all the people of the city that he appreciated.

We keep memories of each of the meetings with our friend. We remember with great affection the words he gave us during our seventh delegation to the Netherlands in which he says: “We constitute a bit of Amsterdam in Argentina”. Hector Shalom will never forget receiving the Frans Banninck Cocq recognition, awarded by the mayor of Amsterdam in 2016.

We express our deepest sympathy to the Netherlands and we are sure that all his great job will be continued by all who admired his work.

With immense pain.

The winners of the 9th Literary Contest participated in a training seminar

Training Seminar

After the Award Act for the winners of our Literary Contest, we started the Intensive Seminar of Elaboration of Educational Projects for the winners of this contest. The objective was to provide tools for addressing the following instance: the 9th Projects Contest to reduce violence and discrimination in classrooms.

During two intense days we work around different problematics related to actual forms of discrimination and violence that youngsters live and are worried about. Bullying, cyberbullying, schools drop out, genre violence, disability, native americans and migrants were some of the topics that were worked, debated and addressed in participatory group workshops.

We want to thank INADI, Gerardo Mazur, Pablo Crespo and all our trainers for their participation in the seminar. We really look forward to receive all the educational projects! These ones will be evaluated by the jury that will choose the finalists to defend their works in a colloquium in December.

Workshop for the winners of the 5th Inclusive Literary Contest

Training Seminar

On September 25th, a workshop was held for the winners of the 5th Inclusive Literary Contest. 7 of the 13 winners came with their teachers. In the workshop, the youngsters shared their stories and the motivation, interest, emotion and ideals that were involved at the moment of writing. They also shared situations of discrimination and violence nowadays and thought ways of overcoming them, considering the importance of defending and preserving human rights. One of the phrases that came as conclution of everything thay talked about was: “If we teach children to accept diversity as normal, it will not be necessary to talk about inclusion, but about coexistence”.

Another activity performed was the building of their own time line and how the context affects people’s lives. After that, they visit the exhibition “Anne Frank, a Story for Today” deepening their knowledge about Anne Frank and its context supported in the time line.

During the whole activity, they were very participative, interested and committed. After this training, the young people received a certificate that accredited their participation.

In the framework of the present cultural sponsorship of the City of Buenos Aires, the exhibition and the theatre play are already visiting schools

Theatre Play

In the framework of the present Project “The diary of Anne Frank”, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires, joint with GENERARTE and the Centro Ana Frank Argentina, we have initiated trainings for new peer guide for the travelling exhibition “Reading and Writing with Anne Frank” for teachers and students of different Educational Institutions that enrolled to be part of this project. It aims to carry out 50 presentations of the musical “The diary of Anne Frank” and to exhibit the travelling exhibition.

The last 22nd and 23rd of September, 4 Educational Institutions, 10 teachers and more than 30 students, came to the Centro to get to know the exhibition and to learn how to work with it. We gave out one educational kit per institution with a big variety of books related to the subjects of human rights and the story of Anne Frank and 50 activity books for the schools to work this topics by the hand of the exhibition.


The first play took place in the school Comercial 4 and the exhibition oversees the trained teachers.

Congratulations and lots of luck to the next institutions which soon will carry out these activities!

We have lunched our 3° Seminar in the Netherlands for Educators. Next July 2018 “Anne Frank living together and inclusion”

The Netherlands


The Ana Frank Institute of Teacher Training organizes its 3rd Teaching Training Seminar in the City of Amsterdam, along with the Official Delegation, winners of the “From Anne Frank to our day” Literary Contest and guides of the Centro Ana Frank.

Aimed at educators: Supervisors, Directors, Teachers of all levels, areas, modalities and levels, Librarians, Psychologists, Psychopedagogues, Teaching students and other teaching professionals interested in the History of Anne Frank, her Journal, the importance of words, World War II, the Shoah, the Pedagogy of Memory and Hope.

We invite you to learn with others, to build team knowledge and to live fascinating experiences with other teachers. Visiting the significant places, transited, occupied, lived by Ana, her family and friends will bring us closer to the protagonists and to face and feel new emotions.

During 7 days (6 nights) we will carry out various activities in the City of Amsterdam, within the framework of the corresponding Thematic Units, and will create a logbook that will be an input for the reflection workshop.

Schedule: Intense

Informative meeting: Tuesday, October 24 at 6:00 p.m.

Departure: Monday, July 16, 2018

Bookings: Centro Ana Frank – Superí 2647 – CABA (1430), llamando al (11) 3533-8505/(11) 156-120-9635 or emailing us to Institutoanafrank@gmail.com

The 3rd National Encounter of Youngsters is coming!

Encounter of Youngers

On November 25th, 26th and 27th, we will carry out the National Encounter of Youngsters in Avellaneda, Buenos Aires. This will be a great opportunity to share, get to know and transform one another.

We invite all guides from Centro Ana Frank, participants from the Literary Contest (categories 2 and 3), members of the Otto Frank Space for Youth Thinking, and participants of the MICC to join us.

We will offer testimonies, special lectures, enriching exchanges, among other proposals.

For consults, send an email to encuentronacional.cafa@gmail.com or phone (011) 3533-8505.

We look forward to seeing you in order to share this huge experience!

Launching of the Logos Contest for the Youth Network from Centro Ana Frank Argentina

We are looking for a logo to represent all the young people involved in the Museum trough our different projects, and we want you to be the ones who make it come into existence!

We invite you to think of a logo to represent all the youngsters like you, who are part of the Museum. All the proposals will be evaluated by a jury, in charge of carrying out a previous selection. After that, the passing logos will be voted during the National Encounter of Youngsters, so as to choose the one.

For any questions, send an email to encuentronacional.cafa@gmail.com

Your logo can be the winner. Don´t let this chance go away!

A new training of guides is coming!

Training of Guides

On August 20th and 21st, we will have another training of guides for those young people who want to become volunteer guides at the Museum, in order to share with us the spreading of Anne Frank´s legacy and message.

During both days, we will give diverse workshops so as to approach the topics we work with in our exhibitions.

If you are between 15 and 25 years old, and look forward to becoming part of our team of guides, or if you know someone who does, send us an email to guias.cafa@gmail.com

You can be a guide at Centro Ana Frank!

School visits: a transforming experience!

School Visits

We invite you to bring your students to the museum, in order to think about human rights and their evolution over time, going from history to our days and the role they play in every context.

The visit, including videos, historical timelines and vivid experiences, is leaded by one of our young peer guides, who invites students to participate all along.

You can call as at 3533-8505 to book a visit, or send us an e-mail to visitas.centroanafrank@gmail.com

We wait for you to share a memorable experience!

Individual visits: an excellent proposal for family and friends!

Individual Visits

The museum waits for you to go through an enriching path that focuses on human rights to think about the past and the present.

The visit includes videos, vivid experiences and historical timelines, and every stage is leaded by a young guide from our team, who daily contributes to spread the message we want to give.

We wait for you from Tuesday to Saturday, from 2 to 7 pm!

As every year, the Centro Ana Frank will participate in the Night of the Museums


This year, Centro Ana Frank will take part in the Museums Night, one of the most important events in the city if Buenos Aires in terms of culture. This will take place on November 4th.

We invite you to join as during the evening in order to share a wonderful experience, including testimonies, theatre performances, workshops, audiovisual material, among other proposals which will make this a night to remember.

Otto Frank Space-14th Encounter: “The pencils still write. 41 years since The Pencils´ Night”

Otto Frank Space

This October 9th we had a very emotional encounter, in which a survivor from the Pencils´ Night shared his story with the young members of the Otto Frank Space, who listened to him carefully.

Aged 57, Juan Cristobal Wainer is still moved by the memories of his classmates, who are still missing. He told as about the difficult 70s, the risks, the idealizations and the value of living in democracy. The 16-year-old Juan spoke to young people of a close age, and the 57-year-old man gave a little perspective to it all.

Thank you for opening up to us and telling us your story. We value your courage and commit to help spread your story among others.

Otto Frank Space-15th Encounter. Special Edition: “Europe today and the challenges faced when teaching the Holocaust”

Otto Frank Space

On October 16th, we had the great honour to meet three European referents in the educational field, and debate with them about the challenges we come across with when teaching the Holocaust nowadays.

In the frame of our special editions from our encounters, we received Jan Van Kooten, Director of 4th and 5th of May Committee (The Netherlands), Patrick Siegele, Director of the Anne Frank Zentrum (Germany), and Elke Gryglewski, Attached Director and Director of the Education Department from the House of the Wannsee Conference (Germany).

Thank you for sharing this space with youngsters and showing the enthusiasm you work with. These are the experiences that contribute to redefining education from the perspective of inclusion and hope, as fundamental values to face the present and the future.

Thank you youngsters, for your constant search of opportunities to grow and develop yourselves.

We are proud of you!

Otto Frank Space-16th Encounter: Who wants peace and who wants war in Israel and Palestine?

Otto Frank Space

On September 23rd, we had a new and challenging encounter in the Otto Frank Space. Together with Eddy Kaufman, we went deep into the conflict between Israel and Palestine, in order to analyse the many obstacles which prevent it from being solved.

While going though the historical evolution of the war processes, in contrast with the processes of peace, we debated about those who aim for the solution of the conflict, such as Eddy, and those who aim for it to continue. We also talked about the importance of transforming leaders and social movements in this context.

Thank you Eddy, for guiding us along such a complex issue as this is, and for giving a very clear message in terms of the struggle required to achieve peace. And thank you youngsters, for making thus space grow as you do.

Seminar in the Eastern Republic of Uruguay: “Significant experiences in the challenge of teaching the Holocaust, the recent past and the discrimination in our days” on October 16 and 17

How to strengthen educational actions related to education, memory and human rights? How can we work so that educational policies and the experiences of civil society on these issues have an impact on the classroom? How to develop a citizenship formation that allows to know the past, to commit to the present and to transform the future valuing the diversity?

Continuing the commitment of the Anne Frank House as a member of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), the Alliance for Holocaust Memorial and as a joint effort between the State, civil society organizations and agencies the Seminar “Significant experiences in the challenge of teaching the Holocaust, the recent past and the discriminations in our days” will take place on October 16th and 17th in the Eastern Republic of Uruguay.

This project began with the International Seminar “Significant Experiences in the Challenge of Teaching the Holocaust and Genocides in the 21st Century” held in Buenos Aires on September 14 and 15 and will continue with the presentation of exhibitions of Anne Frank and other complementary , guided by adolescents and young volunteers in Uruguay and Paraguay.

The Seminar proposes to reflect and share diverse educational practices, to analyze conceptual frameworks and to review pedagogical possibilities to re-actualize the challenges of teaching education, memory and human rights. Its purpose is twofold:

  • Encourage the exchange of experiences related to the teaching of the Holocaust, genocide and crimes against humanity;
  • Promote knowledge about public policies related to the issue and how international organizations, national states and civil society organizations articulate.

Our travelling exhibitions are touring more and more places throughout the country

Travelling Exhibition in La Plata

During September, we continued our high impact project in Iriondo, under which the exhibitions “Freedom to be” and “Free2Choose” were presented at Oliveros, Serodín and Andino. These exhibitions will keep on touring the Department among October.

Likewise, in cooperation with the Universidad Nacional de la Plata, the Centro Max Nordau and the Comisión Provincial por la Memoria, we were present in City of La Plata. Such exhibitions were showcased at locality of Malabrigo, Santa Fe, as they remained open to public to be visited through the explanations of formed volunteer peer guides.

Simultaneously, we continue with the tour across Buenos Aires Province. After a peer guide training at city of San Isidro, where the exhibitions remained open to public at Centro Cultural Boulogne until September 8th, thus concluding a very fruitfull experience at this city; we moved to city of Morón, where the exhibitions could be visited from September 20th to October 6th.

Our most heartfelt congratulations to the peer guides teams all over the country, who get to join the beautiful and rewarding educational work!

The Centro Ana Frank present in Uruguay and Paraguay

Travelling Exhibition
Photo: Diario Infoplatense

The Centro Ana Frank Argentina will bring its travelling exhibitions to Uruguay and Paraguay, as representative of Anne Frank Stichting for Argentina and these neighbour countries.

Along with the support of the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ibermo-American States Organization at Uruguay’s Eastern Republic, and the Paraguayan National Comission of cooperation with UNESCO, the exhibitions “Anne Frank – a history for today”, “Let me be myself” and “Traces of violence, gazes through gender” will be showcased at these neighbour countries, as youngsters will be trained as peer guides.

In this manner, the Netherlands Embassy in Argentina is joining the international tour of the new exhibition, which puts the stress in today in order to work around the gender, violence against women and discriminations of minorities based on their sexual orientation issue.

Such exhibitions will be presented at Montevideo, El Cerro, Casavalle, as well as at the deprivation of liberty center “Punta de Rieles”, in Uruguay; and at the cities of Asunción, Concepción, Ciudad del Este y Encarnación, in Paraguay. At each place, diverse workshop will take place as part of a volunteer peer guides training program.

In Paraguay, the exhibition will be exposed first in Asunción from October 9th, while the inauguration of the Project in Uruguay will take place at the “hall del anexo de la Legislatura” in Montevideo on October 17th.