“... the tree lived in the free air and represented to Anne a living symbol of hope and freedom.”
- Sharon Douglas, CEO of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect
“Peer-to-peer teaching is an excellent model for educating teenagers.... The value of human rights and compassion for all are themes that are discussed in university classrooms today.”
- Gail Rosenthal, Director of the Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Education Center, Stockton University, NJ
"How can this happen, of all places, in a classroom where students were learning how to combat hate? The lessons of the Holocaust were coming alive right there in room 1214. Since that fateful day, the fourth period students have become a symbol of all Anne Frank stood for – loss of innocence coupled with unfailing optimism. They are more committed than ever to spread the message – hate is never okay! And like the Holocaust survivors we met online and in person, resiliency of the human spirit prevails."
- Ivy Schamis, Majory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, FL
2018 Spirit of Anne Frank
"Obviously, Jeff Mangum was very moved when he read the diary. He threaded Anne's story throughout the album. In a lot of ways, she was an ordinary 13-year-old writing about ordinary teenage things.... bringing that to new generations is a wonderful thing."
'In the Aeroplane Over the Sea,' the second album by Neutral Milk Hotel, was released in February, 1998.
“Yes, I was beaten… unconscious when I was walking down that bridge but I’m still here and I’m going to continue to speak out and speak up. Pray for our country, pray for the Constitution.”
- Congressman John Lewis
2017 Anne Frank Award recipient
"Nearly a quarter of American millennials say they’ve never heard of the Holocaust.... About half of all adults in the U.S., millennial or otherwise, are unable to name even one of the more than 40,000 concentration camps and ghettos from one of the darkest times in global history."
Confronting hate through performance education - Sarasota, FL
"Hatred still pits neighbor against neighbor.... Parents still struggle to shield our children from the horrors of evil.... Occasional words are not enough. We need consistency in leadership and a commitment to civility in every town, every classroom and every capitol building throughout the country."
"Holocaust denial is dehumanizing and attacks people based on religious affiliation. It is hate speech.... We simply want you to abide by your own policy of not allowing hate speech on Facebook, and to own up to your moral responsibility to support a fact-based account of history."
Anne Frank Center Confronts Hate Crimes with new approach to holocaust education and parkland teacher honored at Spirit of Anne Frank Awards
"Program expansion for 2018 seeks to bring more traveling exhibits to traditionally underserved schools across the country, and to implement enhanced docent-led tours, student workshops, and interaction with Holocaust survivors, World War II veterans, and others with first-hand experience of human rights abuses."
Video: "Remember Me"
Watch this heart-wrenching documentary about the Hidden Children of the Holocaust, featuring AFC board member Evi Blaikie (1 hr 37 mins)
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