There is a touching memorial to Anne Frank in Boise, Idaho. I would like to share an article I found on a Boise website that so well describes this special place. It stresses the universality of our struggle for world wide human rights and dignity. This universality is so important for us to remember as we seek to create a kinder, gentler and more just world.
A Person to Remember, The Anne Frank Memorial
Posted by Kevin Hughes on Saturday, January 28, 2012
We all have at one point in our life been judged by something we had little control over. Anne Frank was more than judged, but died because she was a Jew. The importance of human rights cannot be understated, and the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial is a must see for anyone concerned with the issue of human rights in society.
Anne’s belief in humanity inspired the .81 acre park in downtown Boise for residents of Idaho to remember her story.
Anne Frank: A story that should never be forgotten
Born Annelies Marie Frank on June 12, 1929 Anne was 13 years old when German authorities began rounding up Jews throughout the Netherlands and sending them to Westerbork. Westerbork was a transit concentration camp on the way to Auschwitz. This is when Anne and her family went into hiding.
For two years they remained hidden in the walls of an old house and Anne kept a diary until August 4, 1944, the day they were betrayed and captured by the Gestapo. Anne Frank and her sister died of typhus while in Auschwitz in March of 1945. On December 10, 1948 Eleanor Roosevelt was chair to the UN Commission on Human Rights when a document was drafted proclaiming the fundamental rights of all people. This ideal is memorialized at the Anne Frank Memorial in Boise.
Today Anne Frank symbolizes courage and a belief in humanity that surpasses mankind’s petty differences.
The Boise Anne Frank Memorial
The Idaho Human Rights Education Center gifted the city of Boise with the Anne Frank Memorial on August 10, 2002 so the people of Idaho can share the importance of human rights through the story Anne Frank left behind. The park named in her honor is one of only eleven US sites that have a sapling from the Anne Frank Chestnut Tree in Amsterdam. Anne spoke of this tree in her diary, “As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be.” Anne is an icon of hope to all in the darkest of times.
Quotes from famous world leaders, unknown slaves, and may others that are meant to inspire hope are inscribed on a 180-foot quote wall in the memorial. In view of the amphitheater is a life-size statue of Anne Frank cast in bronze by sculptor Greg Stone for visitors to view and remember. Not far from the statue is the Stone Bookcase with inscribed quotes from Anne’s diary.
Also at the Memorial
You can also visit the Bethine and Frank Church Writing Table. Frank Church was an Idaho Senator who helped pass the first Civil Rights Bill since Reconstruction. At the Memorial one can also read The Butterfly, a poem written by Paul Friedman, a victim of Auschwitz in 1944.
While the people of today are working to improve society, Anne’s story is one that should never be forgotten. The Anne Frank Memorial is one of the most stunning standing