SAVE THE attend the Center’s annual “Building Bridges: Smart Business, Better Results, Strong Community” luncheon on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 on the 17th floor of the Zions Bank at 8th & Main. 

Director’s Message:

Dr. Dan Prinzing

In 1995, when a group of dedicated human rights advocates were planning to bring the exhibit “Anne Frank in the World” to Boise, they could not have imagined the impact that the exhibit would have.  Impact that included the building of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial – dedicated to the public in 2002.

For the month of April, the Center hosted a new exhibit, “Anne Frank – A History for Today.”  Nearly 20 years since that first exhibit, the message and legacy of Anne Frank still resonates throughout our community.  In this second decade of the Memorial, we are also celebrating the plans to enhance the space with four new features: an outdoor classroom, a bronze chestnut tree, the Rose Beal Legacy Garden, and an architecturally cultivated planting bed for the Anne Frank Chestnut tree sapling.

Awarded by the Anne Frank Center USA, the Memorial is one of 11 sites in the United States to be awarded a sapling from the stately Chestnut tree that stood outside the secret annex in Amsterdam.  A tree that Anne Frank references in her diary as representing her longing for freedom.  We stand in company with the 9/11 Memorial in New York City, the White House, and Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas – out of hundreds of applications, the Memorial was selected because of our commitment to fostering respect for human dignity and diversity.

Today we are asking for a re-commitment to the message of the Memorial – to recommit to the importance of a community that embraces, protects, and recognizes the rights of all it inhabitants.

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