Anne Frank's 90th Birthday Honored in Frankfurt

The Aladdin Project joined the City of Frankfurt and Anne Frank Fonds to honor the ninetieth birthday of Anne Frank in her native city on June 12, 2019.

At a ceremony in the historic Paulskirche, Frankfurt Mayor Peter Feldmann, UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay and Anne Frank Fonds Président John Goldsmith spoke about the powerful legacy of the Jewish girl who was deported with her family from their hideout in Amsterdam to Nazi death camps. Anne died at the age of 15 in March 1945 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, only weeks before the fall of Nazi Germany.

Anne Frank’s Diary, translated into 70 languages worldwide, remains a tragic symbol of the Holocaust and a direct witness of the rise of Nazism and the inhuman persecution of Jews. Its message of resistance to oppression, rejection of hate and violence, and hope in the face of despair continues to resonate among millions of people around the world, particularly younger generations. The Aladdin Project has translated the Diary into Arabic and Persian, and made them available on its online library. Today, more than a hundred online bookstores in the Muslim world offer these books to their readers.

The philosopher and Holocaust survivor Agnes Heller also spoke at today’s ceremony in Frankfurt, where the Aladdin Project was represented by Executive Director Abe Radkin.