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Anne Frank LA is a non-profit organization which creates and presents innovative, educational, and cultural programs and community events that
further the legacy of Anne Frank. Our programs enable learners of all ages to better understand the dangers of prejudice and discrimination, the importance of democracy, and how to become upstanders rather than bystanders.
In 2022, inspired by Anne Frank’s story, 10 year old Olivia Prince, with the support of Anne Frank LA, approached Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD5) about declaring an official day to honor Anne’s legacy. And he agreed.
On April 26, 2022, The Los Angeles City Council adopted a resolution declaring May 12 to be Anne Frank Day in the City of Los Angeles. The day honors Anne, her father Otto (whose birthday is May 12), and the nearly 1.5 million children who perished during the Holocaust.
Thursday, May 18
Anne Frank — A History for Today Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Anne Frank Day “Your Story Matters Contests” Award Presentation
Los Angeles Public Library, Central Library — 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Friday, May 19
Candlelit Celebration: Confirmation and Holocaust Legacies Shabbat
Temple Israel of Hollywood — 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 20
Dear Freedom Writer: Penning a Path to Write the Wrong Panel and Q&A with Bestselling Author and Freedom Writer Founder, Erin Gruwell
The Ebell of Los Angeles — 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 24
The Los Angeles Breakfast Club Hosts Guest Speakers Margrit Polak and Harvey Shields, Founders of Anne Frank LA
Los Angeles Breakfast Club — 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, May 25
Margrit Polak and Harvey Shield, Founders of Anne Frank LA Lead Tour of Anne Frank-A History for Today
Los Angeles Public Library, Central Library —5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Anne Frank (Annelies Marie Frank) was a Jewish girl born in Frankfurt, Germany on June 12, 1929. When the Nazis came to power in 1934, her parents, Otto and Edith Frank, took refuge with Anne and her older sister Margot in Amsterdam. Anne led a normal family life in Amsterdam until the German Occupation of the Netherlands on May 10, 1940. Heavy restrictions were put in place for Jews. On February 22, 1941, the German arrest and deportation of Jews to concentration camps began. In 1942, when Margot received a call-up notice for a work camp, the family went into hiding in a “Secret Annex” above Otto Frank’s office, located in the historic canal called the Prinsengracht in central Amsterdam.
The Diary of a Young Girl has been translated into more than 70 languages and is one of the most widely read works of nonfiction in the world. Anne’s words continue to inspire readers of all ages with its timeless and timely message of resilience, youthful optimism, and the need to stand together against hatred in all its forms.
Anne’s diary is a testament to why young people's voices matter.