Almost seven decades have passed since the writing of Anne’s Diary. The victim of Holocaust in the Nazi regime is an eye-opener to show how a suppressed society looks like where innocent people were killed in horror.
Presented by One World Theatre, in association with the United Nations, the European Union, German and Israel Embassies in Kathmandu, the play on Diary of Anne depicted the tragedy and horror of the Holocaust period.
With direction by Deborah Merola and stage adaptation by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, the drama captured the true spirit of the diary. The actors' performance was lively as they were able to bring the tragic and sorrowful moments presented in the diary in the real life.
Anne was one of the over six million victims of Holocaust. Her diary represents the true spirit even to those who are dying in the state of oppression, including ethnic and religious cleansing.
The day helped to raise voices against inhumanity and racism, to stop such happenings in the future. Like other parts of the world, Nepal also celebrates the International Day of Commemoration of the Victims of Holocaust. The Embassy of Israel together with the United Nations, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Delegation of the European Union marked the International Day of Commemoration of the Victims of the Holocaust on 27 January 2017. A special event was organized to remember the six million people killed during the Holocaust between 1939 to 1945.
“Since this year’s Holocaust theme is educating for better future, let's universally educate young generations about the Holocaust and try to promote moral education and a world free of intolerance,” said Yaron Mayer, Ambassador of Israel to Nepal.
A memorial prayer was read at the beginning of the event. Six candles were lit as per the Jewish tradition, one candle representing one million. This is the third consecutive year that an event of this magnitude was organized in Nepal to mark the Holocaust. This event has been an important milestone in spreading the message of tolerance and fighting against racism.
The event was followed by a theatre performance “The Diary of Anne Frank” by One World Theater artists directed by Deborah Merola.
Apart from the play, “To Bear Witness”, a collection of posters taken from the YadVashem–The Holocaust Remembrance Center, in Jerusalem, was also on display at both the venues during the play. These posters present the subject of the Holocaust through historical events, figures, places, and concepts. These include, among others, the rise of Nazism, the formation of the ghetto, deportation, the camps, the Warsaw Ghetto revolt and liberation.
The Diary of Anne Frank is based on the published diaries of Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl who went into hiding with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Anne secretly kept a diary, a gift for her 13th birthday, during the time they were in hiding. The diary abruptly ends in August 1944 when their families were discovered and deported to Nazi concentration camps.
Anne’s diary was discovered by their Dutch friends, kept safe and given to her father after the war. He was the only survivor of the eight in hiding. The Diary of Anne Frank was opened in New York City in 1955, only ten years after Anne’s death. She has become a symbol of all the young people whose lives were cut short in the Nazi death camps.