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Stephen Patrick Martin is Otto Frank and Hannah Kelly is Anne Frank in the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s production of the play about the Jewish family hiding during WWII./Shealyn Jae

Two legends closely connected to WWII mark 90th anniversary milestones with special tributes in Maryland. Though she is forever 15 years old for many who have read her famous diary,

Anne Frank would be 90 years old this June. And, a major exhibit marks 90 years since Glenn L. Martin began manufacturing aircraft in Maryland.

Baltimore’s arts community will honor Anne Frank — as well as descendants and survivors of oppression and genocide — in a citywide exploration of the universal lessons of the Holocaust.

The vision to use Frank’s story to spark a wider conversation began at Baltimore’s Chesapeake Shakespeare Company and was encouraged by a Baltimore synagogue. While researching the play, the theater drew on the resources of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect in New York.

Events across Baltimore


Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents The Diary of Anne Frank through May 26 with pre-show conversations by an expert on Anne Frank on several dates. Holocaust survivors will speak with students at school matinee performances. (

“Anne Frank: A Private Photo Album” is an exhibition of private family photos developed by the Anne Frank House and sponsored in North America by the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect in New York. It will be on view through June 13 at the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, in Owings Mills, Md.

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company will offer a virtual reality tour of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, courtesy of Oculus Inc., the Jewish Museum of Maryland and the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect.

Edith Mayer Cord, an adolescent separated from her family in WWII who survived by hiding “in plain sight,” will be at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Theater on May 19 for a pre-show talk and memoir book-signing.

Morgan State University will present Anne & Emmett, a play depicting a fictional conversation between Anne Frank and Emmett Till, April 26-28 and May 2-4. Till was the victim of a racist lynching at age 14 in 1955.

The Baltimore Museum of Art presents “Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s” through May 26. Exploring how war impacts art, the exhibit features 90 works and also highlights the connection between art and human rights.

“Stitching History from the Holocaust,” at the Jewish Museum of Maryland through Aug. 7, exhibits dresses created from sketches of Hedy Strnad, who sent these designs to her husband’s family in America as part of an unsuccessful attempt to escape from Prague in 1939.

The American Visionary Art Museum premiered “Esther & The Dream of One Loving Human Family” in 2001. This exhibit of needlework and fabric collages has returned for a brand-new, five-year installation. Its 36 pieces depict Esther Nisenthal Krinitz’s survival of the Holocaust. Esther’s work will be accompanied by art from Rwandan Tutsi genocide survivors and others.


Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum

While aviation pioneer Glenn L. Martin began building airplanes in Los Angeles in 1911, he moved to the Baltimore area in 1928 and an exhibit at the Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum in Middle River traces 90 years during which the company produced 11,000 planes.

“People don’t realize what a pioneer Mr. Martin (that’s what everyone called him) was,” said the museum’s Debi Wynn. “He taught Boeing to fly and was the third person to build and fly his own plane.

The museum traces Maryland aviation into the space age and offers direct close access to aircraft on any visit. On Open Cockpit Days, the third Saturday of the month through September, visitors can ride to the flight line and actually board some of the passenger and military aircraft.


“We also have Family Fun Days with themed activities for children,” Wynn said. “There’s even a kid-sized space capsule.” (

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