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The Center’s Board, staff and volunteers are a collective voice to educate, inspire and influence positive change in human rights. The work is supported in partnership with schools, faith communities, business and other human rights organizations.

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This world-class educational park is the only Anne Frank Memorial in the USA and one of the only places in the world where the full Universal Declaration of Human Rights is on public display.
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The Center provides professional development for educators and interdisciplinary programming for students to foster a culture and climate in which diversity is celebrated and human rights are protected.

FREE EXHIBIT

“Anne Frank – A History for Today”

 

April 1 – May 1, 2014, M-F, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Creative Access Art Center, 500 South 8th Street, Boise

(two blocks north of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial)

The life history of Anne Frank and her family is the leading thread running through the Anne Frank: A History for Today exhibition. The family’s story is juxtaposed against world events before, during and after the rise to power of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. The exhibit includes photographs of the Frank family and the other occupants of the Secret Annex and shows how people were persecuted by political decisions and by the actions of individuals. Throughout the exhibit, Anne’s own wonderfully candid writing provides a central voice to the exhibit narrative, bringing a poignant and truly beautiful perspective to the story. 

Educators are encouraged to reserve a day and time to bring students to view the exhibit, and while in the neighborhood, include a docent-led tour of the Memorial. Call 345-0304 to schedule.

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.

This month the Center is hosting 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.  With this exhibit, we are also celebrating the plans to enhance the Memorial 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.

Recently, I read an article that identified, “He lays out what amounts to a how to guide to building successful Aryan homelands … covering everything from finances and employment, to secession, to such things as culture and Aryan values.  The series he writes is infused with racism and anti-Semitism.”

The article was not from the 1980s and a movement with an avowed purpose to turn the Northwest into all all-white, Christian homeland.  It was published in summer 2013 about an accountant in Payette, Idaho.

Then there was the headline of a 2012 Intelligence Report article which proclaimed, “Neo-Nazi Builds North Idaho Compound to Replace Defunct Aryan Nations.”

Our work is not done.

If we cannot even hold a public hearing on extending Idaho’s Human Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity, our work is not done.

On April 29, 2014 (“Yom Ha’Shoah: Idaho Day of Holocaust Remembrance”), we honor the memory of those who were persecuted and executed because they were perceived to be lesser than and not deserving of the rights extended to others.

In his article Dan Walsh states that “Six million is a rounded number.”

“It is a symbol that designates the Jewish lives lost during the Holocaust.  Its very roundness implies a loss of unimportant detail.  But the smallest possible unit counted by this symbol is a human life.

“Six million is a symbol that does not fully honor those Jews who perished under Nazi decree.  Its roundness is not merciful.

“There is a number, however, which retains the magnitude of six million, but adds detail.  That number is six million and one.

“Six million and one Jews died in the Holocaust.

“Six million and one is a symbol of inherent contrast and tension, sharpening its power to awaken our consciousness.  The greatest and the smallest are contained in it, each informing the other.  The one informs the six million, its very presence highlighting that six million is actually one plus one plus one … six million times, stretched out in an endless row of numbers.  It heightens our awareness of the infinite worth of each life lost.

“And the six million informs the one.  Every person was executed by virtue of belonging to a greater whole, the Jewish people.

“Six million and one Jews died in the Holocaust. Many, many more will survive to honor them.”

Let us honor and let us remember – our work is not done.