“Nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world”. These haunting words taken from Anne Frank’s diary greet visitors to her website Anne Frank Online.
Anne Frank’s diary was first published in 1947. It has been translated into more than 67 languages with over 31 million copies sold since its publication over 50 years ago. To this day, Anne’s life and times of a family persecuted by the Nazis
still remains relevant to students and teachers worldwide.
The goals of The Anne Frank Center USA which administers this website are to:
- Effectively introduce young people to Anne Frank, the Frank family's personal story,
and the history of the Holocaust
- Help young people and communities explore and challenge discrimination
intolerance, and bias-related violence in a positive and constructive way
- Encourage community-initiated programs that give people, especially young
people, a chance to examine issues of diversity
- Carry the Center's anti-bias message to isolated areas and under-served
communities across the nation
- Recognize the importance of personal responsibility in confronting prejudic
by honoring those individuals who actively work to promote the positive values
of diversity and social justice.
There are free student and teacher downloads of covering The Ann Frank Story and the Holocaust in Holland, The Historical Context of the Diary, Biographies, Timeline, Glossary of Terms and a Bibliography. There is also a link to the St. Petersbury Times for a series of articles on Anne Frank, and excerpts of 35 chapters from her diary.
The most moving area of the website is the scrapbook section. It’s a wonderful section of photos and captions and descriptions which vividly portrays the human tragedy of the Holocaust.