The Frank exhibition arrives at the SSCC

A national exhibit on the life of Anne Frank will open to the public on the Hillsboro campus of Southern State Community College in October, followed by a production of “Anne Frank’s Diary” in early November.

“Let Me Be Myself” is the title of the exhibition, which features 30 three-by-six-foot panels displaying text and images related to Frank’s life, according to Rainee Angles, director of the State Theater Department. South. She said some of the panels depict contemporary youth discussing prejudices and other topics that affected the Frank family in the mid-1900s, connecting Frank’s life to today’s youth.

“This idea was very important to Anne’s father, Otto Frank,” said Angles. “He was amazed at how brilliant and insightful she was as a 13 year old girl. It was very important to him that young people learn about the Holocaust and what they went through.

The exhibit, owned by the University of South Carolina, opens Monday, October 25 and ends Friday, November 12. A group of 20 SSCC students and faculty will serve as tour guides, and tour times are forthcoming. Observers can also guide themselves through the exhibition as they wish. To schedule a guided group tour, call Angles at 937-393-3431 ext. 2794.

Meanwhile, the theater department’s production of “Diary of Anne Frank” will be presented on November 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. and November 7 at 3:30 p.m.

Angles said his concept for the play is the power of words, highlighting not only the powerful and hopeful ideas of Frank’s diary, but also the negative impacts of nefarious rhetoric.

“I teach that it’s important for our students to think about the power of words – how they can have a positive or negative impact,” said Angles. “It’s not just the lyrics that we experience face to face or on shows, but also what we read in print and on social media. Whether it’s political or personal rhetoric … words have the power to influence others. As the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum professes, “The Holocaust did not start with killing; it started with words.

Angles said the play covers two years in a matter of hours: from the day the Frank family arrive at The Annex, their place of hiding, until they are found and arrested.

“The public will be able to see what everyday life was like in hiding, how they had to remain silent a good portion of the time so as not to be discovered, how they had to ration food.” said Angles.

She said working on the play had already been a powerful and emotional experience for the cast and crew.

“This is not only an educational historical piece, but also a piece that evokes empathy for everyone involved,” said Angles, “the performers and the audience”.

Presale tickets for the theatrical production will be available online from October 5. Visit to purchase tickets or contact Angles by calling 800-628-7722, ext. 2794.

Submitted by Southern State Community College.

Anne Frank exhibit and play is coming to Southern State Community College.

The exhibition runs from October 25 to November 12; SSCC play November 5-7

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