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Monday, 8 April, 2002, 11:34 GMT 12:34 UK
Anne Frank story goes into prison
Anne Frank graphic
Anne Frank's diary has been read around the world
The story of Anne Frank, who died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945, is being used to teach prisoners about racism and moral courage.

The touring Anne Frank Exhibition has been set up in Reading Prison for a week, with inmates trained to act as guides.

Some of Reading's 265 inmates in their late-teens or early-20s, are connected to extreme right-wing organisations.

The exhibition, running from 8 - 13 April, is a pilot for a possible tour of 40 prisons around the UK.


Training prisoners to be guides will give them self-esteem and they will feel they are being treated as adults

Nick Leader, prison governor
The exhibition opened at the prison on Monday, aimed at staff as well as offenders.

A survivor of the Holocaust, in which millions of Jews died, has been invited to meet carefully chosen prisoners later in the week.

Inmates are being urged to undertake a literary project such as keeping a diary or writing a letter to Anne Frank.

Inmates and prison officers will also be encouraged to make nominations for the Anne Frank Awards for Moral Courage.

Inside tour

The prison governor, Nick Leader, is inviting community groups and inmates' relatives to be shown round the exhibition by prisoners.

Mr Leader said: "I hope to use the exhibition to challenge the attitudes of staff and to get people thinking differently.

"Training prisoners to be guides will give them self-esteem and they will feel they are being treated as adults."


We are grateful of this opportunity to take Anne's message to those in our society who need to hear it the most

Gillian Walnes, Anne Frank Trust

Gillian Walnes, director of The Anne Frank Trust, said: "We are grateful of this opportunity to take Anne's message to those in our society who need to hear it the most."

In 1996 copies of an Anne Frank teaching pack were distributed to all young offenders institutions in England to help with education on moral issues.

Anne Frank and her family went into hiding in an attic in Amsterdam in 1942 after the Nazi invasion of Holland.

She kept a diary of Jewish life in the shadow of Nazism before their hiding place was discovered.

Her diary has been translated into dozens of languages. She died at the age of 15.


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