Art events commemorate Franks story


An international Anne Frank exhibit is the linchpin for a month's celebration of Frank's life and the lessons she left behind about human dignity.

'Anne Frank: A History for Today' comes to Lloyd Center, at Northeast Multnomah Street and Ninth Avenue, as the centerpiece of Mayor Vera Katz's Human Dignity Month. In the exhibit's only West Coast stop, visitors can see a reconstructed room of the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and take an interactive walk through it. Fifty-six panels will feature narrative text and many unseen photos. On Sundays, Holocaust survivors will be on hand to recall their experiences.

10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday (until 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday) and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, through May 5; 503-203-3283; free

Other events include the following.

'Kristallnacht': Portland artist P. Marc Tetreault shows his impressions of the night of Nov. 9, 1938, when the Nazis launched a pogrom against the Jews by smashing windows across Germany, at Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 S.W. Capitol Highway.

8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 1-6 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, through April 30; 503-244-0111, Ext. 236; free

Holocaust Remembrance: Martin Niemoeller was a German U-boat captain in World War I and an early supporter of Adolf Hitler. But after he became a Protestant minister and Hitler began to assume power in Germany, their views of each other changed radically, and Niemoeller spent World War II in prison and concentration camps as Hitler's personal and private prisoner. Niemoeller's widow, Sibylle Niemoeller von Sell, who knew him as a child, then re-met and married him long after the war, shares their stories, at Congregation Beth Israel, 1972 N.W. Flanders St.

7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9; 503-222-1069; free

'Hidden': An original theater piece running at the Anne Frank exhibit at Lloyd Center explores the connections between Frank's story and discrimination in Oregon and the question 'How does a community stay vigilant?' It's co-directed by Sojourn Theatre Artistic Director Michael Rohd and Laura Eason, artistic director of Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre.

7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, through May 4; 971-544-0464; $10 suggested donation

'On the Threshold of Life: Anne Frank Remembered': Jan Barros adapts Frank's diary as a two-person play running at the Anne Frank exhibit at Lloyd Center.

2 p.m. Saturdays, April 13 and 27; 503-228-9571; free

'The Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin': In 16 performances at the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, Raphael Schacter led performances of Verdi's Requiem. Murry Sidlin conducts the Oregon Symphony and Portland Opera Chorus in a stark re-creation of the event at Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive.

8 p.m. Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21; 503-228-1353; $25

'Brundibar: A Children's Opera': Czech composer Hans Krasa's work is presented at Mittleman Jewish Community Center by the Oregon Symphony and 32 children ages 9 to 14. The opera, which was performed 55 times in the Czech concentration camp at Terezin, is about two children who fend off an evil organ grinder and earn money to buy milk for their sick mother.

Noon and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 21, and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24; 503-244-0111, Ext. 307; $7, $5 for students and seniors

Ñ Paul Duchene