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Anne Frank's hideaway recreated
Anne Frank exhibition in Liverpool
Anne Frank was 15-years-old when she began writing her diary
A lifesize replica of the secret hideaway where Anne Frank wrote her diary has been recreated in Liverpool to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

A copy of the bedroom where the young girl hid from the Nazis during World War II is the centrepiece of the Anne Frank Festival at Liverpool Cathedral.

The festival exhibition features pages from Miss Frank's diary and testimony from Holocaust survivors.

It is being staged in Liverpool as host city of the memorial day on 27 January.

The culmination of the Holocaust memorial day marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945.

The Anne Frank + You festival explores the persecution of Jews under the regime of Adolf Hitler as well as looking at contemporary issues including bullying, racism and the identity in modern day Britain.

This is great opportunity for the people in Liverpool to experience, it should get a powerful and poignant reaction.
Paul Clark, Liverpool Lord Mayor

Gerry Goldman, chairman of the Anne Frank steering committee, said: "It is an interactive exhibition but is it does more than just tell the story of Anne Frank and how she died at the hands of the Nazis.

"It picks up on aspects of her diary and translates it to modern day messages."

The Anglican Cathedral display charts the Jewish girl's move from Frankfurt in 1933 to the secret annexe in Amsterdam which was home to the family from 1942 to 1944.

They were then captured and taken to concentration camps where Anne died.

Her diary was discovered and published in 1947 by her father Otto who survived.

Anne Frank exhibition in Liverpool
The room is an exact copy of that in Amsterdam which is now a museum

Liverpool's Lord mayor, Councillor Paul Clark, who recently visited the Auschwitz concentration camp with 200 pupils from the city has officially opened the festival.

He added: "The harrowing scenes in Auschwitz were a chilling experience.

"This is great opportunity for the people in Liverpool to experience, it should get a powerful and poignant reaction.

"People need to go and see the exhibition to realise how harrowing it was."

Admission to the festival is free and runs until 8 February.

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