Anne Frank: A History for Today
This month, we take a step back in time to remember the Holocaust. With a firsthand testimony and a traveling exhibit, we offer you a chance to connect with history on a more personal level. The thirty panels of the traveling exhibit, Anne Frank: A History for Today* will be on display at the Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike in Burlington, April 4-30.
The story of Anne Frank and her family is the centerpiece of this beautifully conceived exhibition. The family’s story is juxtaposed against the broader history of the time period, documenting Hitler’s rise to power, World War II, and the Holocaust. The exhibit leads visitors from Anne’s early years growing up in Germany, to her immigration to the Netherlands, through her time in hiding, to the eventual betrayal and arrest of her family. Anne’s own writing provides a central voice to the narrative, sharing her candid moments of humor, affection, fear and hope for the future.
Conrad Weiner: A Survivor’s Story
During the Holocaust, six million people lost their lives. Even though it happened over 70 years ago, it still impacts the people who lived through it and those who are touched by the messages shared by survivors. We are honored to announce that the Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike in Burlington, will once again host Conrad Weiner to talk about his experience as a small child in a labor camp. In the last three years during April, we have brought three different Holocaust survivors into the Library to tell their stories (Conrad was the speaker two years ago). Conrad’s story is one you won’t soon forget.
Conrad Weiner was born in a small town in Bucovina, once part of Romania, in 1938.
After a brief occupation of the region by the Soviet Army in 1941, Romanian authorities in alliance with German forces started a massive campaign of annihilation and deportation of Jews to Transnistria. They were taken by cattle car and then forced to walk for two weeks in snow and mud to the labor camp, Budi. Conrad was 3 1/2 years old at the time. In 1944, at the age of 6 1/2, Conrad and the 300 surviving prisoners at Budi were liberated by the advancing Soviet Army and repatriated to Romania.
Eventually, Conrad’s family immigrated to the United States. Conrad was drafted into the U.S. Army, and in 1963 he settled in Cincinnati. Conrad is now retired and keeps busy substitute teaching in local schools, playing golf, reading, taking photographs and more recently, speaking to local schools and organizations about his Holocaust experience. He is married to his wife of over 45 years and is both a proud father and grandfather.
Conrad is committed to educating the community about the Holocaust, his experience
and the lessons, despite the difficulty of sometimes recounting it. “It must be done to keep our promise, ‘Never Again,’” he states. “We must learn from history in order to not repeat it. We see many examples of intolerance every day. It is unfortunate that today, in the 21st century, we still have wars, ethnic cleansing, poverty and hunger. Education and dialogue are key elements in sharing the world in peace and harmony. I believe that adversity, if it does not kill you, makes you stronger.”
Due to the overwhelming popularity of his story, Mr. Weiner has kindly agreed to share his experiences on two different dates at the Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike in Burlington: Wednesday, April 6 at 7 p.m. and again on Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. Please choose one or the other to attend.
*Anne Frank: A History for Today was developed by the Anne Frank House and is sponsored in North America by The Anne Frank Center USA.