On Nov. 1, the long awaited sci-fi movie Ender’s Game will release in theaters. Based on the futuristic book by Orson Scott Card, the story focuses on a teen boy named Ender (Asa Butterfield) as he trains to battle an alien race that has invaded Earth. Petra Arkanian (Hailee Steinfeld) is also a student at the command school, struggling with an uncertain fate.
While this epic story of war is an allegory for historical conflict and purely fictional, The Holocaust, sadly, was real.
More than 1.5 million Jewish children died as Hitler ravaged Europe in World War II. Anne Frank and her sister, Margot, were two of them.
Many of us read The Diary of Anne Frank in high school. At 13 years old, Anne wrote about going into hiding in an attic in Amsterdam. This memoir was made famous after World War II mostly because it demonstrated so clearly the goodness, hope and courage of a young girl who was forced to suffer in a concentration camp and, ultimately, die just a few weeks before her camp was liberated.
This remarkable new exhibit, simply titled Anne, opened this week and has much to offer. Its interactive components help you get to know the entire Frank family. There is even a brief few seconds of video, where you can see a young Anne on a balcony. She appears so happy and innocent.
As you walk through the exhibit, you hear the voice of Hailee Steinfeld as she reads excerpts from Anne's real diary. She speaks about putting photos of movie stars on her walls and longing to travel to Hollywood someday. Like many modern-day teens, Anne loved going to the movies and ice skating.
Hailee makes a lovely Anne, giving her dialogue a relatable, upbeat tone. She makes Anne seem like a friend you might have had in middle school. Having received the diary as a gift, it’s chilling to hear Anne say, "I want to go on living even after my death! And that's why I'm so grateful to God for having given me this gift, which I can use to develop myself and write to express all that's inside me. When I write, I can shake off all my cares, my sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived." This diary entry was made April 5, 1944. Almost 70 years later, Anne's words still fill our hearts with hope.
Anne, you are a girl we will never forget.
Ender's Game opens in theaters Nov. 1.
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