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It’s understandable that a museum created by the institute founded by legendary Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal, with the mission of exposing bigotry and fostering tolerance, leans heavily on the Holocaust. The message behind the 2014 exhibition, “Anne,” telling Anne Frank’s story through rare artifacts, documents, dramatizations and an interactive lab, seems more relevant with every passing day. Still, this is not a Jewish museum; other exhibits that engage hearts and minds have included “The Point of View Diner,” focusing on bullying, drunken driving and hate speech in a reproduction of a traditional’50s diner, and the video-wall drama “Ain’t You Gotta Right?” on America’s civil rights struggle. Small wonder its millions of visitors have included the Dalai Lama and Jordan’s King Hussein.