Kangarusskis meet Anne Frank

March 18, 2016 by Hayley Hadassin
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Kangarusski has visited the Sydney Jewish Museum with 30 Russian families to attend the “Anne Frank – A History for Today” exhibition.

At the Sydney Jewish Museum

At the Sydney Jewish Museum

Kangarusski is the Russian Speaking Jewish Community department of the Zionist Federation of Australia engaging Russian-speaking members of our community in both Jewish and Israel issues.

About 30 parents and children watched a documentary about Anne Frank’s life, read pages from her diary, went to the children’s memorial and observed Jewish religious symbols. Russian-speaking volunteer guides escorted the Kangarusski group around the museum sharing stories and facts about the past and present Jewish community in Australia.

Anna Maylis, ZFA Kangarusski coordinator said : “I was pleased and overwhelmed by the response and willingness of the members of our community to take part in this event and join the Jewish museum tour. Once again, I recognised the values and concepts that will always remain important to our people, regardless how many years pass since this tragedy.”

The story of Anne Frank was told against the background of the Holocaust and the Second World War. It challenged everyone who attended and raised questions about tolerance, nationalism, racism and human rights. The narrative touched people’s hearts and evoked strong emotions.

For many of the Kangarusski guests it was the first time they had visited the Sydney Jewish Museum which provided them and their children with the opportunity to become more familiar with Australian Jewish History.

“Thank you Anna Maylis for a great experience and the commitment to this very important awareness and knowledge for our children” – said Luba Torban.

As Maylis so eloquently put it: – “It is in our hearts, it is in our nature. This is our history. We shall never forget.”

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