Located along the Greenbelt in downtown Boise, the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial opened in 2002 as an educational park designed to engage visitors to reflect, think and engage one another on human rights issues. 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.

The Memorial includes a life-sized bronze statue of Anne Frank as she peers out an open window. The walls of the Memorial contain over 60 quotes from the world’s humanitarian leaders. Water features combine with serene landscaping to create a quiet and welcoming place for thought and inspiration. An expansion project is underway to add even more features to the park. Learn more about the expansion here.

The Memorial is the only Anne Frank Memorial in the United States and one of the few places in the world where the full Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is on permanent, public display.

To read the 30 Articles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the quotes featured in the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, please click to enter the Wassmuth Center’s Online Classroom.

Visiting the Memorial is free of charge, and is open to everyone.

  • In spite of everything, I still believe that people are truly good at heart.”

    Anne M. Frank

  • I’ve asked myself again and again whether it wouldn’t have been better if we hadn’t gone into hiding, if we were dead now and didn’t have to go through this misery, especially so that the others could be spared the burden. But we all shrink from this thought. We still love life, we haven’t yet forgotten the voice of nature, and we keep hoping for…everything.

    Let something happen soon, even an air raid. Nothing can be more crushing than this anxiety. Let the end come, however cruel; at least then we’ll know whether we are to be the victors or the vanquished.”

    Anne M. Frank

  • I want to go on living even after my death! And therefore, I am grateful to God for giving me this gift, this possibility of developing myself and of writ­ing, of expressing all that is in me.”

    Anne M. Frank

  • Dear Kitty, …Footsteps in the house, the private office, the kitchen, then…on the staircase. All sounds of breathing stopped, eight hearts pounded. Foot­steps on the stairs, then a rattling at the bookcase. This moment is indescrib­able. ‘Now we’re done for,’ I said, and I had visions of all fifteen of us being dragged away by the Gestapo that very night.”

    Anne M. Frank

  • If God lets me live…I shall not remain insignificant, I shall work in the world and for mankind!”

    Anne M. Frank

  • I see the eight of us in the Annex as if we were a patch of blue sky sur­rounded by menacing black clouds. The perfectly round spot on which we’re standing is still safe, but the clouds are moving in on us, and the ring between us and the approaching danger is being pulled tighter and tighter. We’re sur­rounded by darkness and danger, and in our desperate search for a way out we keep bumping into each other. We look at the fighting down below and the peace and beauty up above. In the meantime, we’ve been cut off by the darkness of clouds, so that we can go neither up or down. It looms before us like an impenetrable wall, trying to crush us, but not able to. I can only cry out and implore, ‘Oh ring, ring open wide and let us out’!”

    Anne M. Frank

  • How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment, we can start now, start slowly changing the world!”

    Anne M. Frank

  • One day this terrible war will be over. The time will come when we’ll be people again and not just Jews! Who has inflicted this on us? Who has set up apart from the rest? Who has put us through such suffering?”

    Anne M. Frank

Request a group tour.

Guided tours of the memorial are available for groups of 10 or more people. The informative and engaging tour lasts 45-60 minutes, and is an excellent way to learn more about Anne Frank’s legacy and the human rights issues our world faces today. To schedule a tour, please call (208) 345-0304 or email tours@wassmuthcenter.org.

Why an Anne Frank Memorial in Idaho?

The legacy Anne Frank left for human dignity is one that resonates strongly in Idaho.

In 1995, a traveling exhibit on 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 the 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.

 

Upcoming events

  • 13th annual “Change Your World Celebration”

    September 16, 2016, 6:00pm

    13th annual “Change Your World Celebration,” September 16, 2016, 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. on the 17th floor of the Zion’s Bank at 8th & Main in downtown Boise.  CLICK to purchase tickets.

     

The “Living the Legacy” Memorial Expansion

We’re branching out.  And you can help!

The Living the Legacy Phase One enhancement, the Rose Beal Legacy Garden and planting bed for the Anne Frank chestnut tree sapling, was publicly dedicated on October 24, 2014 following the successful completion of a six-month $100,000 campaign to fund construction. The Phase Two Memorial enhancement is the construction of an outdoor community classroom to sit between the Log Cabin and the Memorial Amphitheater.

Designed as a technology-rich public space, the outdoor community classroom will house the “History of Human Rights in Idaho,” a comprehensive multimedia project that showcases how Idaho’s modern history began out of a mix of many different cultures, traditions, ethnic backgrounds, and perspectives. In addition to providing a covered structure with permanent seating to launch and conclude Memorial tours, the open-to-the-public community classroom will be used for lunch-time brown ba3D Printing Styleg presentations, summer evening films, the Center’s Human Rights Book Club, and as shared youth education programming space with the Boise City Public Library and the Log Cabin.

Help us bring the Memorial Expansion to life – and share its message statewide.

The Center’s education work reflects the initial charter that guided Memorial creation–the most effective way to foster positive social change is to prepare youth to be responsible stewards of human rights. The primary constituency for the Center’s education programs is K-12 students and teachers across Idaho.

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Idaho Anne Frank Memorial

777 S 8th St
Boise, ID 83702