THE LIBRARY OF ELBASSY FEATURED THE PRESENTATION OF ANNA FRANK'S DIARY IN KAZAKH AND THE OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION "ANNA FRANK. HISTORY LESSONS"

On February 4, the presentation of the book "Anna Frank. Pana: Hat týrіndegі kúndelіk" and the opening of the mobile exhibition "Anne Frank. History lessons" took place.

Events dedicated to the International Holocaust remembrance day are organized jointly by the embassies of Israel and the Netherlands in Kazakhstan, as well as the publishing house "Steppe&World" within the international project of the Library of Elbassy " Dialogue through culture".

The diary - one of the most famous documents relating to the Holocaust -contains records kept by 13-year-old Anne Frank from June 12, 1942, to August 1, 1944, during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands in a "shelter" where eight people were hiding from the Nazis. On August 4, 1944, all the inhabitants of the "shelter" were arrested and sent to concentration camps. Of the eight people, only Otto Frank, Anna 's father, who later published his daughter 's diary (1947), survived. Currently, the diary has been translated into 70 languages of the world and is presented to readers in Kazakh for the first time by the publishing house "Steppe&World".

This year the whole world is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. And we know the tragic consequences of this terrible war firsthand. Our fathers and grandfathers fought for the motherland against fascism, our mothers and grandmothers are an unshakable example of selflessness and fortitude. Modern Kazakh society preserves the traditions of many generations of its ancestors, who have never been characterized by manifestations of xenophobia and antisemitism. On the contrary, interethnic harmony and tolerance are the enduring values that we are rightfully proud of. I am sure that the diary of Anne Frank in Kazakh will find grateful readers, and the exhibition "Anne Frank. History lessons" will become a necessary illustration to the images that are born when reading the diary, recognized as an object of the UNESCO World Memory Register, said Director of the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan-Elbassy, Doctor of political science, Professor Amerkhan Rakhimzhanov.

The presentation of the book and the opening of the exhibition were attended by ambassadors and employees of diplomatic missions of foreign countries, representatives of the scientific and expert community of Kazakhstan.

– In 1999, Time magazine named Anne Frank among the heroes and icons of the 20th century in its list of the most important people of the century. It is important to note that many people did not stay away from the unbearable cruelty of the Holocaust and took measures to save human lives, including Kazakhstanis. During the first half of the 20th century, thousands of Jews were evacuated to Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries. Israel will always remember and deeply appreciate the generosity of Kazakhstanis in these difficult times. Today, Kazakhstan remains faithful to the traditions of hospitality and tolerance. The Jewish community of Kazakhstan and representatives of other nationalities feel comfortable and safe here, creating a multicultural mosaic in the modern and prosperous Republic of Kazakhstan. We are confident that proper education, support for multiculturalism and genuine coexistence can become an essential force for peace-building and prevent the recurrence of such human tragedies as the Holocaust," Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Israel Liat Vekselman said in her speech, expressing gratitude to the Library of Elbassy and the Dutch Embassy for their cooperation.

- We would like visitors of the exhibition to feel how a particular person could live at that not simple time. It is very important to remember the tragic events of our common past history, so that they do not recur, so that the younger generation chooses tolerance, respect for the socio-cultural diversity of human rights and democracy in modern society, said Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Andre Carstens in his speech.

According to the head of the publishing house "Steppe&World" Raisa Sairan Kader, 30 million copies of the diary have been sold in the world, and many countries included the study of this book in the curriculum.

- The diary of Anne Frank is a document that became the personification of the Holocaust, and Anna herself became a symbol of more than one million children killed by the Nazis. The piercing work of a Jewish girl for many readers was the deepest reflection of the Holocaust and one of the 10 most read books in the world, she said

Materials of the exhibition "Anna Frank. History lessons" tells in detail the fate of the girl, one of the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust. The exhibition is organized to acquaint the international public with the history of Anne Frank, to talk about antisemitism, discrimination, and persecution, but also about the positive aspects - people's resistance and reaction to such things, about values such as freedom, equality, and democracy, and how important the story of Anne Frank is today.

The mobile exhibition "Anne Frank. History lessons" travels around the world and has already visited more than 60 countries: North and South America, South Africa, China and many European countries, it was visited by more than 12 million people. The project has been running for 3 years in Kazakhstan. The exhibition was held in Pavlodar, Almaty, Shymkent, Aktau, Aktobe, Karaganda, Kostanay, Petropavlovsk, Semey, Taraz, Uralsk, Ust-Kamenogorsk.