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Remembering Anne Frank on the 90th anniversary of her birth

Remembering Anne Frank on the 90th anniversary of her birth

PHOTO: Members within the tree planting on the United Nations in honor of Anne Frank’s 90th birthday included, from left: Sharon Douglas (CEO, Anne Frank Middle), Olga Yatskevich (The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme), Kimberly Mann (Chief: Schooling Outreach Part, United Nations), Bob Hawkins (Vallonia Tree Nursery, Indiana Division of Pure Assets), Thiha Myint (Plant Engineering Part, United Nations), John Grassi (Plant Engineering Part, United Nations), David Pina (Common Foreman, Custodial Unit, Plant Engineering Part, United Nations) and Tracey Petersen (Supervisor: The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme). Courtesy of the Anne Frank Middle for Mutual Respect


June 6, 2019, would have been Anne Frank’s 90th birthday. Following are three items honoring her reminiscence – the planting of a sapling descended from the chestnut tree she wrote about in her diary, the honorees of the Spirit of Anne Frank Award introduced, and a college professor’s numerical observations concerning the day and Anne.


Anne Frank Sapling Planted at United Nations to Educate and Encourage Future Generations

As we speak, on what would have been Anne Frank’s 90th birthday, a tree was planted in her reminiscence on the grounds of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. However not simply any tree.

Within the two years Anne spent in hiding on the “Secret Annex” – her identify for the hideaway she and her household occupied to keep away from seize by the Nazis – she would typically sit and watch the good horse chestnut tree that stood outdoors an attic window.

Anne’s view of the chestnut tree by means of the attic window. Courtesy of the Anne Frank Middle for Mutual Respect

“Almost each morning I’m going to the attic to blow the stuffy air out of my lungs. From my favourite spot on the ground I lookup on the blue sky and the naked chestnut tree, on whose branches little raindrops shine, showing like silver, and on the seagulls and different birds as they glide on the wind,” she wrote in her diary on Feb. 23, 1944. “So long as this exists, and it definitely all the time will, I do know that then there’ll all the time be consolation for each sorrow, regardless of the circumstances is perhaps.”

The tree outlasted the standard chestnut tree lifespan of 150 by a big margin, however it did lastly collapse in 2010 by the hands of a robust storm and after years of fungal illness on the age of 230. Nonetheless, Anne wasn’t mistaken.

Correctly, a couple of years earlier than the tree fell, the Anne Frank Home stewards created saplings of the tree, which have multiplied to create greater than 300 direct descendants. The saplings have been distributed all through a dozen nations the world over.

The Anne Frank Middle for Mutual Respect acquired greater than a dozen of the saplings and in 2013 established The Sapling Undertaking, which donates the timber to worthy instructional organizations throughout the U.S., which embrace Sonoma State College, the 9/11 Memorial, the West Garden of the U.S. Capitol, and the Washington State Holocaust Useful resource Middle in Seattle. Future saplings are deliberate to demarcate vital historic websites comparable to Central Excessive Faculty, the place the Little Rock 9 defied racial segregation in 1957.

As they develop, the saplings act not solely as dwelling reminders of those that have handed, however as instruments to teach future generations concerning the historical past of Holocaust, a service that’s more and more crucial.

Almost 1 / 4 of American Millennials say they’ve by no means heard of the Holocaust, or are not sure of whether or not they have. And about half of all adults in the USA, Millennial or in any other case, are unable to call even one of many greater than 40,000 focus camps and ghettos from one of many darkest occasions in international historical past.*

Faculties and different organizations which have acquired the saplings have seen a dramatic rise within the cultural and historic consciousness of their college students. Classes that may join one thing tangible and dwelling to the previous do a much better job of teaching college students of all ages.

“Maybe partially due to their time in hiding, Anne Frank typically mentions nature as a supply of religious rejuvenation,” says Elisa Rapaport, chief working officer of the Anne Frank Middle. “It’s such a present that these descendants of the particular tree that impressed her will encourage future generations, as properly, reminding us of the previous and the hope for a brighter world forward.”

At present’s sapling planting and dedication was made potential by the Anne Frank Middle’s partnership with The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme, a gaggle that has additionally labored with the middle to host instructional outreach packages commemorating Kristallnacht and Holocaust Remembrance Day.

It’s a labor of affection, endurance, and dedication to look after the saplings, which required a multi-year quarantine via the Division of Agriculture earlier than they could possibly be planted. The timber require the correct latitude and environmental circumstances.

The Anne Frank Middle’s Backyard Initiative equally provides communities a peaceable place to benefit from the pure magnificence Anne admired amidst perennial beds, stepping stones, and sculpture. The middle is working to determine extra partnerships all through the nation, as instructional hubs that may host packages and work as native extensions of AFC efforts, bringing collectively members of the group—akin to artists, academics, landscapers, and public figures—for a standard aim. A backyard in Huntington, New York, was established in 2010 via the collective efforts of such group figures.

The Anne Frank Middle is presently reviewing a number of proposals from different potential websites to host future Anne Frank chestnut saplings.


Anne Frank Middle’s Spirit of Anne Frank Awards

 What is completed can’t be undone, however one can forestall it occurring once more. ~ Anne Frank


Anne Frank’s identify and phrases have turn out to be so iconic that it may be straightforward to overlook she lived not so way back – just lately sufficient to nonetheless be actively remembered by the individuals who knew her. A type of individuals is Pieter Kohnstam, who knew Anne as his babysitter when he was a toddler in Amsterdam, earlier than the Frank household went into hiding and his circle of relatives escaped by means of a collection of nations, ultimately settling in Argentina. Whereas in Amsterdam, the Kohnstams have been neighbors of the Franks on Merwedeplein and have become shut, as each households had fled Hitler’s Germany.

It’s partially this expertise that led Pieter and his spouse, Susan, now of Venice, FL, to many years of humanitarian service – selling peace, unity, compassion, and understanding as two of the Anne Frank Middle’s most inspiring volunteers. The Anne Frank Middle for Mutual Respect is honoring them with the 2019 Legacy of Hope Award as a part of this yr’s Spirit of Anne Frank Awards, acknowledging the Kohnstams’ tireless dedication to educating concerning the Holocaust and its scary relevance to occasions at the moment.

Pieter Kohnstamm speaks at an occasion remembering Anne Frank.

For greater than 20 years, Pieter Kohnstam has traveled the world to share his story of escaping Nazi occupation, by means of lectures, conferences, and readings from his ebook, A Probability to Reside: A Household’s Journey to Freedom, which has been revealed in English, Dutch, and German. Based mostly on a memoir by his father, Hans, Pieter’s e-book particulars his household’s escape to freedom and reminiscences from that point. Pieter recollects:

“Anne was a vivacious, outgoing woman who adored youngsters. She had an infectious giggle and was popular with everybody. … She was a type of women on the verge of turning into a young person, who might act like a grown-up one second and play tag with the youthful youngsters within the neighborhood the subsequent.”

It’s a narrative that reminds us not solely of the innocence of youth, however the primary human want for connection and group. That human connectedness has guided Pieter via years of public shows all through the nation, as he shares his story with others as a warning about what might occur once more:

“Allow us to pray that we stand as much as battle for a greater world with understanding, imparting information of historical past…and standing as much as battle genocide and xenophobia.”

The worth of volunteerism isn’t misplaced on Elisa Rapaport, chief working officer of the nonprofit Anne Frank Middle. “It’s arduous to think about anybody extra dedicated to the goodness of humanity than those that have reworked the expertise of tragedy into the facility of compassion for others. The selflessness of Pieter and Susan Kohnstam represents one of the best in all of us. They train, give, share, and encourage each single day, decided to go away a legacy of hope and unity throughout the continents.”

Different 2019 honorees embrace: SAFA Human “Writes” Award winner Jack J. Hersch, writer of DEATH MARCH ESCAPE: The Exceptional Story of a Man Who Twice Escaped From the Holocaust. The inaugural SAFA Interfaith Unity Award acknowledges congregations who’ve witnessed unspeakable tragedy within the midst of prayer: Linwood & Al Noor Masjids in Christchurch, New Zealand; Tree of Life Or L’Simcha Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA; and Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC. The world has been deeply moved by these and different horrifying tragedies. The award acknowledges that hundreds of thousands of individuals each share within the mourning and are impressed by the spirit of solidarity that has emerged – particularly on what would have been Anne Frank’s 90th birthday on June 12, 2019. It is a chance to mirror on how a lot, and the way little, has modified within the eight many years since World Warfare II.

Schooling award winners for 2019 embrace: SAFA Scholar Students Masaraat Asif, Emily Herrmann, Emilia Peters, and Grace Schuler; SAFA Instructor-of-the-Yr Robert Lurie; and Excellent Educators Brendan Murphy and Elliot Hearst.

The 23rd Annual Spirit of Anne Frank Awards will probably be held in New York Metropolis on the Edison Ballroom on Monday, June 17. To register, volunteer, or make a contribution in honor of any of the honorees, go to Holocaust survivors attend freed from cost.



Numerical curiosities to rejoice Anne Frank’s 90th birthday

By Aziz Inan

Anne Frank gained fame posthumously with the publication of her diary, which has bought tens of tens of millions of copies worldwide and has been translated into greater than 65 languages. Her diary represents a testomony to the indestructible traits of humanity and a logo of resilience to racism and discrimination.

June 12, 2019, marks Anne Frank’s 90th birthday and I ready the next numerical birthday curiosities in her reminiscence:

Frank’s 90th birthday happens this week on 12 June (12/6). Apparently, 12 plus 6 equals 18, 12 occasions 6 is 72, and 18 plus 72 leads to 90.

3 times the sum of the digits of Frank’s birthday, 12/6/1929, specifically 30, additionally equals 90.

The product of the digits of Frank’s birthday 12/6/1929 equals 1944, the yr she and her household obtained arrested.

The sum of the cubes of 12 and 6, the day and month numbers of Frank’s birthdate, additionally yields 1944.

Frank’s start identify, Annelies Marie Frank, accommodates 18 letters. (18 represents life, chai, in Hebrew).

If Frank’s delivery yr 1929 is cut up within the center as 19 and 29, 19 and 29 are the eighth and 10th prime numbers and eight plus 10 equals 18 too.

Additionally, 18 interpreted as 1/eight or 1 August is the final day Frank made an entry in her diary in 1944.

If Frank’s 90th birthday expressed as 12/6/2019 is cut up as 126 and 2019, the sum of the prime elements of the reverse of 126, specifically 621, equals three + 23 = 26 and the sum of the prime elements of 2019, specifically three and 673, equals 26 sq..

Frank’s 90th birthday expressed as 12/6/19 is the 163rd day of 2019 and apparently, 163 is the 38th prime quantity and the reverse of 163, specifically 361, is 19 x 19 and 19 plus 19 yields 38.

Moreover, the sum of the prime elements of the reverse of 2019, specifically 9102, equals 2 + three + 37 + 41 = 83 and observe that 83 is the reverse of 38.

Frank’s 91st birthday in 2020 may also be particular too as a result of the reverse of 2020, specifically 202, equals the entire variety of days left in annually after her birthday. Additionally, 91 equals 7 occasions 13, 7 plus 13 equals 20, and 20 is every half of 2020.

Frank’s 92nd birthday in 2021 expressed briefly as 12/6/21 might be a palindrome day. Additional, if her start yr 1929 is cut up as 19 and 29, the sum of the squares of those two numbers equals 1202 and notice that 1202 is the reverse of 2021. Additionally, 92 is the center two digits of 1929.

Frank’s 93rd birthday in 2022 shall be fascinating because the sum and the distinction of the digits of 93 equal 12 and 6 respectively and 12 and 6 put aspect by aspect yields 12/6, Frank’s birthdate. Moreover, the sum of the prime elements of 93, specifically three and 31, equals 34 and 34 equals the sum of the letter numbers of Anne when letters A to Z are assigned numbers 1 to 26. Additionally, 2022 divided by the sum of its digits, specifically 6, equals 337 and 337 is the 68th prime quantity and 68 is twice 34.

Lastly, the sum of the letter numbers of Anne Frank equals 84 and the reverse of 84, specifically 48, interpreted as four August (four/eight) is the day she obtained arrested in 1944.

Your diary is a pillar of equality, freedom and humanity Anne Frank and relaxation assured that it’ll proceed to be shared by generations to return.

Aziz Inan is chair and professor educating within the electrical engineering program of the Donald P. Shiley Faculty of Engineering at College of Portland.
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