Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect

Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect The Anne Frank Center USA promotes respect for all humanity and educates against hatred, by sharing the impact of the message of Anne Frank’s diary through community-based arts educational programs.
Inspiring every generation to build the compassionate world Anne Frank envisioned.

Through educational and grassroots organizing programs across the nation, the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect engages Americans to fight harder for Anne Frank’s dream: An inclusive world in which mutual respect replaces hatred and its consequences. Our headquarters are in New York. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization to which donations are tax-deductible.

Mission: The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect honors Anne Frank and the continuing relevance of her diary to educate young people and communities in the US about the dangers of intolerance, anti-Semitism, racism, and discrimination, and to inspire every generation to build a world based on mutual respect.

"First the weekly news! We're having a vacation from politics. There's nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, to report...
05/07/2020

"First the weekly news! We're having a vacation from politics. There's nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, to report." - Anne Frank (May 3, 1944)

Pictured: the radio in her father's office, which after hours offered music and info on the progress of the war. AFH/Amsterdam

"The delivery boy from the bakery has supplied us with darning thread — 90 cents for one measly skein — the milkman can ...
05/06/2020

"The delivery boy from the bakery has supplied us with darning thread — 90 cents for one measly skein — the milkman can get hold of ration books, an undertaker delivers cheese. Break-ins, murders and thefts are daily occurrences." - Anne Frank (May 6, 1944)

#OTD #AnneFrank

The Anne Frank Center thanks everyone who played a part in our #GivingTuesdayNow fundraiser yesterday, helping to raise ...
05/06/2020

The Anne Frank Center thanks everyone who played a part in our #GivingTuesdayNow fundraiser yesterday, helping to raise awareness and support our efforts to #EducateAgainstHate and build a world based on compassion.

If you missed the chance but would still like to contribute: https://donorbox.org/annefrank-givenow

Peter van Pels (van Daan in Anne's diary) died 75 years ago this month at age 18, at Mauthausen concentration camp. Pete...
05/05/2020

Peter van Pels (van Daan in Anne's diary) died 75 years ago this month at age 18, at Mauthausen concentration camp. Peter was the first and only boy Anne loved, his family hidden in the Secret Annex with the Frank family. #OTD #younglove #WeRemember #annefranksays

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING NEW for your queue? "Steal a Pencil for Me" tells the story of Jack and Ina Polak and the romance ...
05/05/2020
Steal a Pencil for Me | Netflix

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING NEW for your queue?

"Steal a Pencil for Me" tells the story of Jack and Ina Polak and the romance that blossomed from an unimaginable place. The Polak family has made the Anne Frank Center's presence possible in the US for decades. Thank you Tony Polak and Margrit Betty Polak for honoring their vision.

This moving documentary chronicles the unshakeable romance between a couple who met and fell in love while imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp.

"No one has ever become poor by giving." - Anne FrankWE VALUE YOUR SUPPORT in all its forms: share our posts, host our p...
05/05/2020

"No one has ever become poor by giving." - Anne Frank

WE VALUE YOUR SUPPORT in all its forms: share our posts, host our programs, stand up against prejudice in your area. That's the way we can honor the legacy of Anne Frank and all those lost to the horrors of hatred. #ThankYou

Since its inception, the Anne Frank Center has served more than 2 million Americans throughout the United States! EVERY ...
05/05/2020

Since its inception, the Anne Frank Center has served more than 2 million Americans throughout the United States!

EVERY DOLLAR helps us deliver our mission, even during this time through:
- interviews with Holocaust survivors
- video reflections
- art projects
- writing workshops
- virtual classrooms
Or, as one volunteer called it, #FoodForTheSoul.

Help us increase awareness, celebrate #diversity, provide opportunities for dialogue, and #empower youth in your area.

#GivingTuesdayNow #GivingTuesday #SupportNonprofits #GiveWhatYouCan

https://donorbox.org/annefrank-givenow

05/05/2020
About the Anne Frank Center USA - 2019 program overview

FOR HALF A CENTURY, the Anne Frank Center has reached Americans of all ages through community-based arts & education. As we adjust to the pandemic, millions are turning to her words for inspiration.

#NowMoreThanEver nonprofits need your help to survive.

We know many are struggling. It's also a struggle for nonprofits like the AFC, as we've lost nearly all of the revenue we depend on -- and yet, the need persists. Even in this time of crisis, people are under racist attack, both verbally and physically. Help us show our kids a better way.

https://donorbox.org/annefrank-givenow
#GivingTuesdayNow #GivingTuesday

https://youtu.be/iBKpqx_9BB8

The Anne Frank Center offers educational programs, traveling exhibits, and theatrical performances to share the impact of the message of Anne Frank's diary, ...

"The perfect way to educate our school community. This was by far one of the nicest exhibits we’ve ever had!" - Teacher,...
05/04/2020

"The perfect way to educate our school community. This was by far one of the nicest exhibits we’ve ever had!" - Teacher, Cape May, NJ

We teach the past to build a better future, through community partnerships, creative teachers, and your charitable support. #NowMoreThanEver

Each year the Anne Frank Center brings exhibits, performances, and school-based workshops to communities throughout the United States -- but only through the generosity of donations. #giveback

Most of the schools where we could have the greatest impact, are also the ones with the greatest financial needs. So we offset their costs wherever possible, relying on community grants and private, tax-deductible donations.

Research shows programs like our peer-to-peer guide training teach kids to be leaders, to see diverse groups more favorably, and to embrace their own opportunities for success.

PLUS, kids learn best when they're sharing what they've learned with their peers. We show them how.

It's our honor and our privilege to #EducateAgainstHate and to teach the lessons of the past through Anne Frank's remarkable legacy.

#ThankYou for believing in the value of our mission and for all you do for the good of #humanity!

https://donorbox.org/annefrank-givenow

05/04/2020
Anne Frank House

“I think it is not only important that people go to the Anne Frank House to see the secret annex, but also that they are helped to realize that people are also persecuted today because of their race, religion or political convictions.” -Otto Frank

CONGRATULATIONS
Anne Frank House

The annex at Prinsengracht 263 opened its doors to the public on 3 May 1960. The building was turned into a museum. At Otto's request, the Secret Annex was kept unfurnished. After the arrest of the people in hiding, it had been emptied by the Nazis and he wanted to keep it that way.

On the occasion of the opening, Otto Frank said: ‘I apologise for not speaking from this house after today. You will understand that the memories of everything that happened here are too powerful. I can only thank you all for the interest you have shown in coming here. And I hope that you will continue to support the work of the Anne Frank House and the International Youth Centre, morally and in every other respect.’

Now, 60 years later, the Anne Frank House could once again use the public’s support.
annefrank.org/en/about-us/support-us/

#AnneFrankHouse60

Anne Frank famously wrote, "It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I ...
05/03/2020

Anne Frank famously wrote, "It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart." (July 15, 1944)

It's a hard thing to do, to hold onto our values in the face of hostility, to forgive the ignorance that spews offense and hatred. But that's the mission of this organization: to inspire compassion, to remember the past, and to honor the humanitarian legacy of Anne Frank. We teach. We lead. We share. We forgive. We never forget, but we work together to ensure no one will suffer from hate-fueled rhetoric, violence, or oppression again.

Another plea that moves us: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In June 2019 we heard that lesson firsthand from Rabbi Jeffrey Myers of the Tree of Life *Or L'Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh. Even after the unspeakable tragedy his community endured, he sees 'hate' as a four-letter word. He implores us all to strike the word from our hearts.

We don't have to like everyone, or to give the benefit of what justifies a serious doubt when people put their discriminatory ignorance on full display. But we also hope we can rise above and hold fast to our values, together. We can deprive those who hate, of their power to divide. We can be respectful to our neighbors and see the best in one another — including our fellow followers on this page.

Both Anne Frank and Martin Luther King believed that goodness would ultimately prevail. Thank you for all you do to carry the torch they have handed to us all.

#legacy #humanity #unite #EducateAgainstHate

EACH YEAR we reach more than 50,000 Americans with our exhibits and performances that bring history to life. #NowMoreTha...
05/03/2020

EACH YEAR we reach more than 50,000 Americans with our exhibits and performances that bring history to life. #NowMoreThanEver we need to show children that #peace is the way. #EducateAgainstHate

#DoGood #SupportNonprofits #GivingTuesdayNow #HowWonderful #humanity

THE PAST FEW MONTHS we've seen the best of humanity, compassion, and selflessness while thousands suffer.In this time of...
05/03/2020

THE PAST FEW MONTHS we've seen the best of humanity, compassion, and selflessness while thousands suffer.

In this time of unity, it's tragic to have to explain to children, still, how some can be ignorant of history and have such hatred in their hearts.

#IllinoisNazis #no

To the confused protesters, please embrace this teachable moment. Your governor is not a Nazi. You are not being hunted, enslaved, or exterminated.

There are lives at risk, to be sure, and it's our collective duty to protect every single one. Even those of the protesters exercising their right to offend. #EducateAgainstHate

"Tonight the guns have been banging away so much that I've already had to gather up my belongings four times. Today I pa...
05/01/2020

"Tonight the guns have been banging away so much that I've already had to gather up my belongings four times. Today I packed a suitcase with the stuff I'd need in case we had to flee, but as Mother correctly noted, 'Where would you go?'"
- Anne Frank (May 1, 1943)

#OTD

CONGRATULATIONS Park Square Theatre for this creative and poignant production! There are so many ways we can continue to...
05/01/2020
Opinion | ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ Review: Isolation as a Matter of Life and Death

CONGRATULATIONS Park Square Theatre for this creative and poignant production! There are so many ways we can continue to share Anne Frank's story. @ParkSquare

The Diary of Anne Frank’ Review: Isolation as a Matter of Life and Death - WSJ

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-diary-of-anne-frank-review-isolation-as-a-matter-of-life-and-death-11588274224

If your community is planning an upcoming "Diary of Anne Frank" performance, a Cast Workshop with the Anne Frank Center can help you prepare and better understand the characters and context in the Secret Annex -- now available remotely.
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An ambitious Zoom-based performance of the stage version of the historic journal is an inspired, moving use of the software.

DID YOU KNOW thousands of US K-12 schools can't afford art teachers or classes? Nonprofits like the Anne Frank Center he...
04/30/2020

DID YOU KNOW thousands of US K-12 schools can't afford art teachers or classes? Nonprofits like the Anne Frank Center help provide cultural programs in public schools — like our "Art of Self-Discovery" residency now offered online.

THANK YOU for supporting our work! #DoGood

Join us this Thursday, April 30th for a 24-hour worldwide Virtual Vigil hosted by Together We Remember. The AFC is honor...
04/29/2020

Join us this Thursday, April 30th for a 24-hour worldwide Virtual Vigil hosted by Together We Remember. The AFC is honored to join the 9pm EST group featuring the Charleston Jewish Federation and our friends from the University of South Carolina, with a live excerpt performance from "Letters from Anne and Martin" — featuring AFC actors Parish Bradley (Martin Luther King Jr) and Alexandra Gellner (Anne Frank).

REGISTER NOW to join as many sessions as you like, including the 9pm EST panel on "Jewish and Black Communities in the South and the World." https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfKKWeMLOmRpXlmpZy841_8qF5zQ7QLSfMPH1TPPHt0tL84cg/viewform

The unprecedented online presentations conclude Genocide Awareness Month and unite the fight against hate worldwide. With hate on the rise and a global pandemic keeping us apart, it’s essential that we come together virtually across lines of difference. The #TogetherWeRemember Coalition, made up of dozens of leading genocide education and human rights organizations, invites you to join us for twenty-four hours of inclusive name-readings, insightful speakers, and inspiring performances that honor the victims of and upstanders to identity-based violence and genocide throughout history.

Join us as we remember humanity at its worst, to demonstrate what humanity can be at its best!

#AnneFrank #MLK #hope #Humanity #TogetherWeRemember #WeRemember #GenocideAwarenessMonth #CovidCantStopGood #NeverAgain #NeverForget #Vigil #Peace #GlobalCitizen #EducateAgainstHate #allinthistogether #strongertogether #weareone #annefrankusa #annefrankcenter #annefrankcenterusa

photos: TogetherWeRemember | Bellmore Merrick Herald

04/27/2020
Anne Frank & Recordkeeping

"We are all alive but we don't know why or what for." - Anne Frank (July 6, 1944)

In the latest in her series of reflections on how Anne Frank's words inspire, Rachel Griesinger considers #recordkeeping and how we reveal glimpses of our true selves.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjvhSmfjS_U

As the COVID-19 pandemic forces billions around the world into home isolation in 2020, AFC actor Rachel Griesinger reflects on some passages from Anne Frank'...

“In bed at night, as I ponder my many sins and exaggerated shortcomings, I get so confused by the sheer amount of things...
04/24/2020

“In bed at night, as I ponder my many sins and exaggerated shortcomings, I get so confused by the sheer amount of things I have to consider that I either laugh or cry, depending on my mood. Then I fall asleep with the strange feeling of wanting to be different than I am or being different than I want to be, or perhaps of behaving differently than I am or want to be.”
- Anne Frank (Nov 28 1942)

Anne matured over the course of her two years in hiding, and her writing reflects her process of maturation, of becoming a writer, a responsible citizen, and a role model for today. As she acknowledges her deepest needs and confusion, she is also understanding the importance of self-reflection.

#selfimprovement #annefranksays #whoami #wisebeyondheryears #knowthyself

04/23/2020
Governor Mike DeWine

Thank you for your leadership in taking a stand against antisemitism and helping to #EducateAgainstHate.

"I have only one hope: that this anti-Semitism is just a passing thing." - Anne Frank (May 22, 1944)

I am deeply concerned by the anti-Semitic sign at Ohio’s Statehouse during a recent protest rally. The sign was vile and disgusting. While even disgusting speech is constitutionally protected, it still demands condemnation. The recent Internet post by Ohio State Senator Andrew Brenner, likening Ohio’s Department of Health Director’s actions to fight the corona virus to those taken by the Nazis in Germany during World War II, must also be condemned. The comments showed a complete lack of understanding of the Holocaust -- made even more offensive by posting on Holocaust Memorial Day -- and was a slur on a good, compassionate, and honorable person who has worked non-stop to save lives and protect her fellow citizens. Any complaints about the policy of this administration need to be directed at me. I am the office holder, and I appointed the Director. Ultimately, I am responsible for the decisions in regard to the corona virus. The buck stops with me.

“Believe me, if you've been shut up for a year and a half, it can get to be too much for you sometimes. But feelings can...
04/23/2020

“Believe me, if you've been shut up for a year and a half, it can get to be too much for you sometimes. But feelings can't be ignored, no matter how unjust or ungrateful they seem.

"I long to ride a bike, dance, whistle, look at the world, feel young and know that I'm free, and yet I can't let it show. Just imagine what would happen if all eight of us were to feel sorry for ourselves or walk around with the discontent clearly visible on our faces. Where would that get us?”
– Anne Frank (Dec 24, 1943)

"Like you, I long for freedom and fresh air.... This morning, when I was sitting in front of the window and taking a lon...
04/22/2020

"Like you, I long for freedom and fresh air.... This morning, when I was sitting in front of the window and taking a long, deep look outside at God and nature, I was happy, just plain happy." - Anne Frank (Feb 23 1944)

Then and now, the earth renews the soul. #EarthDay50 #nature

We sometimes get caught up in numbers and forget the human lives lost behind them.Explore the stories of those the world...
04/21/2020
Holocaust Encyclopedia | Identification Card

We sometimes get caught up in numbers and forget the human lives lost behind them.

Explore the stories of those the world lost during the Holocaust as we mark this year's #HolocaustRemembranceDay. Read and share a name. @HolocaustMuseum #NeverForget

https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/landing/en/id-cards

We would like to thank The Crown and Goodman Family and the Abe and Ida Cooper Foundation for supporting the ongoing work to create content and resources for the Holocaust Encyclopedia. View the list of all donors.

"It is estimated that of 170,000 Jews deported from the Netherlands between 1942 and 1944, only 5,000 survived."Pieter K...
04/21/2020

"It is estimated that of 170,000 Jews deported from the Netherlands between 1942 and 1944, only 5,000 survived."

Pieter Kohnstam is among them. #HolocaustRemembranceDay #YomHaShoah #NeverAgain #NeverForget

Pieter is one of the few remaining people alive today who personally knew Anne Frank as a child. Their families were neighbors in the apartment complex on Merwedeplein, before the Frank family went into hiding. Anne was his babysitter.

Today, Pieter spends his days sharing his story so that it might never be repeated, traveling throughout the US and the world to #EducateAgainstHate.

His 2016 memoir, A Chance to Live, details the story of his family's survival. https://www.amazon.com/Chance-Live-Familys-Journey-Freedom/dp/0977819914

Pieter and his wife Susan were honored with the AFC "Legacy of Hope" award at the 2019 Spirit of Anne Frank Awards, in recognition of their tireless humanitarian efforts.

We are honored to know him and to have been touched by his generosity of spirit. Pieter is one of the Anne Frank Center's most active and persistent volunteers, bringing our powerful exhibits and performances across Florida and other states throughout the south. Thank you, Pieter

Video pt 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbgIyznxXQk
Video pt 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxmL7gWP1vk

"What could be nicer than sitting before an open window, enjoying nature, listening to the birds sing, feeling the sun o...
04/19/2020

"What could be nicer than sitting before an open window, enjoying nature, listening to the birds sing, feeling the sun on your cheeks and holding a darling boy in your arms? I feel so peaceful and safe with his arm around me..."
- Anne Frank (April 19, 1944)

#YoungLove #peace #romance #joy #warmth #love

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General information

​Historically, the Anne Frank Center has long-established roots and a universal message that spans geographic and political borders. Our organization originated in New York City in 1959 as the American Friends of the Anne Frank House, with Anne's father, Otto Frank, as our first President. He sought to raise awareness of Anne's story and funding for the House in Amsterdam, which was opened to the public in 1960. Later called the Anne Frank Foundation, a change in the law allowed us to secure official 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in 1977, and our name was formally changed to the Anne Frank Center USA. In 2016 we expanded the name to the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, in order to better reflect the humanitarian spirit of Anne's words and her legacy. Our mission remains constant: sharing the impact of the message of Anne's diary by promoting respect for all humanity.

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We educate against hate through school-based workshops, exhibits, and performances, promoting respect for all humanity.

The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect honors Anne Frank and the continuing relevance of her diary to educate young people and communities in the US about the dangers of intolerance, anti-Semitism, racism, and discrimination, and to inspire every generation to build a world based on mutual respect. Our headquarters are in New York. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization to which donations are tax-deductible.

Anne Frank Center USA: Inspiring every generation to build the compassionate world Anne Frank envisioned.


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