For my digital project, I would like to create an online exhibition chronicling the history of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl as it has been experienced in the United States. Anne Frank has simultaneously become one of the most beloved and controversial accounts of the Holocaust not only in the United States but around the world. My exhibition would chronicle the lifespan of the diary from its first publication in America to its influence in the modern, touching upon its use in schools, its role as one of the commonly banned books, and other media adaptations.
For many students of the United States, Anne Frank’s diary is their first introduction to the events of the Holocaust. It has been adapted into several movies, theater productions, and tv series. It has also proved controversial and is appeared on several banned books lists. My exhibition would touch on its use in classrooms, and why it is relatable to so many. As it continues to appear in conversations about antisemitism, politics, and education I believe it is important to be informed about the history of the book and the girl who wrote it.
My exhibition would be made up of several parts. Firstly, I would do an introductory panel chronicling the discovery of the diary, its first publications, and its introduction in America. Secondly, I would include a gallery showing a number of the different editions that have been published over since the first publication in 1952. Third, I would like to include a map showing some of the places the book has been banned the reasons why. And finally, I would highlight some examples of movie, tv, and theater adaptions throughout the US.
To create this exhibition I would mainly use Omeka or Storymaps and embed a google map to show the locations where the book has been banned. The map would contain pins showing where the book has been banned and brief descriptions of why it was banned. The exhibition would also be comprised of several slideshows and perhaps a few embedded videos of other adaptations. By using a variety of different types of displays I would hope to appeal to a wide variety of users and keep their attention throughout the whole exhibition. My hope for the digital exhibition is that it will not just touch upon the events of the holocaust but also upon the widespread appeal of this specific book.