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Remembering Anne Frank on the 90th anniversary of her birth

PHOTO: Members in the tree planting at 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 Section, United Nations), Bob Hawkins (Vallonia Tree Nursery, Indiana Department of Natural Assets), Thiha Myint (Plant Engineering Part, United Nations), John Grassi (Plant Engineering Section, United Nations), David Pina (Common Foreman, Custodial Unit, Plant Engineering Part, United Nations) and Tracey Petersen (Manager: 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 pieces 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 about the day and Anne.

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

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

In the two years Anne spent in hiding at the “Secret Annex” – her identify for the hideaway she and her family occupied to avoid capture by the Nazis – she would typically sit and watch the nice horse chestnut tree that stood outdoors an attic window.

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

“Nearly every morning I go to the attic to blow the stuffy air out of my lungs. From my favorite spot on the floor I look up at the blue sky and the bare chestnut tree, on whose branches little raindrops shine, appearing like silver, and at the seagulls and other birds as they glide on the wind,” she wrote in her diary on Feb. 23, 1944. “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 might be.”

The tree outlasted the typical chestnut tree lifespan of 150 by a big margin, nevertheless it did finally collapse in 2010 at the arms of a robust storm and after years of fungal disease at the age of 230. Nonetheless, Anne wasn’t fallacious.

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

The Anne Frank Middle for Mutual Respect acquired greater than a dozen of the saplings and in 2013 established The Sapling Challenge, which donates the timber to worthy instructional organizations across 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 Resource Middle in Seattle. Future saplings are deliberate to demarcate vital historic sites resembling Central Excessive Faculty, where the Little Rock Nine defied racial segregation in 1957.

As they grow, the saplings act not solely as dwelling reminders of those who have handed, however as instruments to teach future generations about the historical past of Holocaust, a service that is increasingly essential.

Almost a quarter 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 United States, Millennial or in any other case, are unable to call even one of the more than 40,000 concentration camps and ghettos from one of the darkest occasions in international historical past.*

Faculties and other organizations that have acquired the saplings have seen a dramatic rise in the cultural and historic consciousness of their college students. Classes that may connect something tangible and dwelling to the previous do a much better job of educating students of all ages.

“Perhaps in part because of their time in hiding, Anne Frank often mentions nature as a source of spiritual rejuvenation,” says Elisa Rapaport, chief operating officer of the Anne Frank Middle. “It’s such a gift that these descendants of the actual tree that inspired her will inspire future generations, as well, reminding us of the past and the hope for a brighter world ahead.”

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

It’s a labor of love, endurance, and commitment to look after the saplings, which required a multi-year quarantine by way of the Department of Agriculture earlier than they might be planted. The timber require the right latitude and environmental circumstances.

The Anne Frank Middle’s Backyard Initiative similarly provides communities a peaceful place to take pleasure in the natural beauty Anne admired amidst perennial beds, stepping stones, and sculpture. The middle is working to determine extra partnerships throughout the nation, as instructional hubs that may host packages and work as native extensions of AFC efforts, bringing together members of the group—similar to artists, academics, landscapers, and public figures—for a standard objective. A garden in Huntington, New York, was established in 2010 by way of the collective efforts of such group figures.

The Anne Frank Middle is presently reviewing several proposals from other potential websites to host future Anne Frank chestnut saplings.

Anne Frank Middle’s Spirit of Anne Frank Awards

What is completed cannot be undone, however one can forestall it occurring again. ~ Anne Frank

Anne Frank’s identify and phrases have grow to be so iconic that it can be straightforward to overlook she lived not so long ago – just lately enough to nonetheless be actively remembered by the individuals who knew her. One of those 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. While in Amsterdam, the Kohnstams have been neighbors of the Franks on Merwedeplein and have become close, as both families had fled Hitler’s Germany.

It is partially this expertise that led Pieter and his wife, Susan, now of Venice, FL, to many years of humanitarian service – promoting 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 part of this yr’s Spirit of Anne Frank Awards, acknowledging the Kohnstams’ tireless commitment to educating about the Holocaust and its scary relevance to occasions in the present day.

Pieter Kohnstamm speaks at an event remembering Anne Frank.

For more than 20 years, Pieter Kohnstam has traveled the world to share his story of escaping Nazi occupation, by way of lectures, conferences, and readings from his guide, A Probability to Stay: A Family’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 details his family’s escape to freedom and reminiscences from that point. Pieter recollects:

“Anne was a vivacious, outgoing girl who adored children. She had an infectious laugh and was well-liked by everyone. … She was one of those girls on the verge of becoming a teenager, who could act like a grown-up one moment and play tag with the younger children in the neighborhood the next.”

It’s a narrative that reminds us not solely of the innocence of youth, but 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:

“Let us pray that we stand up to fight for a better world with understanding, imparting knowledge of history…and standing up to fight genocide and xenophobia.”

The value of volunteerism isn’t lost on Elisa Rapaport, chief working officer of the nonprofit Anne Frank Middle. “It’s hard to imagine anyone more committed to the goodness of humanity than those who have transformed the experience of tragedy into the power of compassion for others. The selflessness of Pieter and Susan Kohnstam represents the best in all of us. They teach, give, share, and inspire every single day, determined to leave a legacy of hope and unity across 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 in 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 tens of millions of individuals both share in the mourning and are inspired by the spirit of solidarity that has emerged – especially on what would have been Anne Frank’s 90th birthday on June 12, 2019. It is a chance to mirror on how much, and how little, has modified in the eight many years since World Warfare II.

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

The 23rd Annual Spirit of Anne Frank Awards shall be held in New York Metropolis at the Edison Ballroom on Monday, June 17. To register, volunteer, or make a contribution in honor of any of the honorees, visit Holocaust survivors attend free of charge.

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 hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide and has been translated into greater than 65 languages. Her diary represents a testomony to the indestructible characteristics of humanity and a logo of resilience to racism and discrimination.

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

Frank’s 90th birthday occurs 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 received arrested.

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

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

If Frank’s birth yr 1929 is cut up in the middle as 19 and 29, 19 and 29 are the 8th 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 3 + 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.

Additionally, the sum of the prime elements of the reverse of 2019, specifically 9102, equals 2 + 3 + 37 + 41 = 83 and observe that 83 is the reverse of 38.

Frank’s 91st birthday in 2020 may even be special too as a result of the reverse of 2020, specifically 202, equals the complete number 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 shall be a palindrome day. Further, if her birth yr 1929 is cut up as 19 and 29, the sum of the squares of these two numbers equals 1202 and word that 1202 is the reverse of 2021. Also, 92 is the middle two digits of 1929.

Frank’s 93rd birthday in 2022 shall be fascinating since 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 3 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. Also, 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 continue to be shared by generations to return.

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