We offer a wide range of innovative programs and workshops held right in your school setting. Geared to various grade levels, our workshops integrate artistic, literary, historical, and/or performance-based components that teach the lessons of Anne Frank in a meaningful and relevant manner for your students. Our programs range from introductory workshops on Anne Frank and the Holocaust to in-depth examinations of discrimination and intolerance. By examining the progression of historical events that result in the tragedies of genocide, slavery, terrorism, and/or hate crimes, our programs encourage students to act as humanitarian leaders in a challenging world.

Current workshops include:

Anne Frank: Then and Now

Grades 4-12

Can be offered as either an introduction to the story of Anne Frank for students just beginning to learn about WWII and the Holocaust, or a deeper delve into the content of her story and the war. This program focuses on Anne’s time in hiding and shows students the connections between Anne’s experience of intolerance, and how prejudice and discrimination continues to manifest in our own world today.

Dear Kitty

Grades 4-8

A literacy-focused program in which students explore Anne Frank through her own writing, analyze the text, and learn more about the difficult times she was living in. Students are then encouraged to consider writing as tool to talk about their own hardships and the difficulties they see in their school and communities. The lesson culminates with students creating a short diary entry with drawings or images that reflect themselves and the world they live in.

The Art of Self-Discovery

Grades 6-12

Anne Frank’s own arc of self-discovery in her diary is a model to help students understand the power of being themselves, making sense of the world around them, and setting goals to fulfill their dreams to change the world. This 45-90 minute program develops students’ reflective, expressive and artistic skills using Anne’s experiences in hiding. Final project may include interpretation of Anne’s physical space in hiding, visual explorations of her diary, student self-portraits or journal writing.

Art & Propaganda

Grades 6-12

In the lead up to World War II, the Nazi’s widespread use of propaganda helped them garner public support for the Third Reich while promoting a message of hate that would ultimately cost lives of six million Jews, including Anne Frank. In this workshop, students examine propaganda images from the Nazi era through today, then utilize this knowledge to create “anti-propaganda” artwork that sends positive messages that promote diversity, individualism, cultural awareness, and acceptance.

From Bystander to Ally: Community Building

Grades 6-12

When Otto Frank asked Miep Gies to help his family go into hiding, she did not hesitate to say yes. Considering the political climate in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands, why did she take this risk and not stand idly by? In this workshop students, will deepen their historical knowledge of Anne Frank, while utilizing drama-based activities to develop an understanding of the roles people play and the choices we face in instances of oppression—both in the past and present. The program culminates with scene presentations that demonstrate “real life” examples of our individual power to shift from the passive role of bystanders into active advocates for positive change.

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Our interactive sessions can help strengthen and add variety to your on-site summer programs, geared towards kids ages 8 to 18. Working together to best address your audience and scheduling needs, we can custom design a program with a combination of educational performances, exhibits, and creativity-based workshops. For more details, please download our summer programs flyer.

Click here to purchase copies of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, to download our Reader's Companion or Study Guide, or to get your copy of our "Mutual Respect" classroom pledge poster.

We welcome the opportunity to bring the story of Anne Frank and the Holocaust to students in more communities throughout the United States.


For more information, please download our in-school programs flyer, contact us at 212.431.7993, or email

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These and other Anne Frank Center educational programs are made possible in part through funding from:

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