These are a few of her favorite things …

Anne Frank Wax Figure in "Madame Tussauds" in Berlin

Madame Tussaud’s wax museum in Berlin Germany has just added a new exhibit:

The girl is surrounded by some of her favorite things: magazines about the latest trends in cinema and theater and a copy of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” a book she loves. A hand-sewn dress, one of the two she owns, is hanging beside her. On her wooden writing desk is a modest casket containing her most precious possession of all: the key to her diary. The lights in her room are flickering, and voices and laughter can be heard from outside.

The girl is, of course, Anne Frank. How remarkable that this story written almost 100 years before she was born, in a country she would never see, was so important to her. In a way, it seems incredibly implausible that Uncle Tom’s Cabin should be one of the few, precious items she had, and held on to, during her years in hiding from the Nazis. Yet how clear, on another level, given her circumstances, that she should find in it so much to which she could relate.

You can read the full article about the new exhibit here, in Der Spiegel (in English), see some more pictures here, and learn more about Anne Frank here.