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.


Inspiring every generation to build the more compassionate world Anne Frank envisioned.

Our History

​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. See founding documents here.


Our mission remains constant: sharing the impact of the message of Anne's diary by promoting respect for all humanity.

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