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About the Anne Frank Memorial

Built for Conversation

Dedicated to the public in 2002, the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial was built by the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights as an educational park designed to actively engage visitors to think, to talk with one another, and to respond to the human rights issues we face in our community, our country and our world. 

Both the triumphs and tragedies of the human story are on display, but in every quote and every idea, we see the profound power of a single voice or bold action to overcome great odds and alter the course of history.

Schedule a Guided Tour

Tour the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, the only one of its kind in the USA, right here in Boise, Idaho.

What is the Memorial?

The Memorial includes a life-sized bronze statue of Anne Frank as she peers out an open window. The Memorial is comprised of several major elements: Attic Amphitheater, Memorial Quotes Walls, Water Feature, Rose Beal Legacy Garden, and Marilyn Shuler Classroom for Human Rights. Human rights quotes are incorporated within these elements and featured throughout the Memorial.

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Memorial is the only Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial in the United States and one of the few places in the world where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is on permanent, public display in its entirety. To read the 30 Articles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), click the button below.

A Site of Conscience

The Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial has been officially accepted and recognized as a “Site of Conscience.” The operating principles for the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience include:
  • Interpret history through site

  • Engage the public in programs that stimulate dialogue on pressing social issues

  • Share opportunities for public involvement and positive action on the issues raised at the site

  • Promote justice and universal cultures of human rights

Why an Anne Frank Memorial in Idaho?

The hope that Anne Frank had despite incredible difficulty is a sentiment that resonates strongly in Idaho.

In 1995, a traveling exhibit about Anne Frank drew in tens of thousands of visitors from around Idaho. This overwhelming interest sparked the idea for a more permanent tribute. Over the next several years, a group of community leaders, human rights stalwarts and citizens from across the state and country worked tirelessly to bring the Memorial to life.

In 2002, their long-held vision was realized, and the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial opened to the public. Since its opening, the Memorial has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors and students to better understand the human rights challenges our communities and world face today.

Who Are They?

Etched in the stone throughout the Memorial, the quotes are from diverse regions and times. The words memorialize the university of the struggle against injustice and oppression. Learn more about the people who surrounded Memorial visitors with their words of wisdom, aspiration, hope and kindness.

The Spiral of Injustice

The Marilyn Shuler Classroom

Get the Quote Book

Download a free quote book from the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial.

Purchase a Paver

Honor loved ones with a dedicated paver to be displayed in perpetuity at the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial with placement next to the Rose Beal Legacy Garden. Orders for new pavers are currently being accepted for placement in the Memorial.

Help Maintain the Memorial

Donations help to ensure the longevity of the Memorial for years to come. Consider helping out today.

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