The Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, Home of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, grew out of a 1995 effort by a group of concerned individuals and civic/ business leaders to offset the negative image of Idaho as a place of intolerance and hatred.  Over the past 20 years, the Center has become a respected nonpolitical institution whose primary mission is to promote respect for human dignity and diversity through education, and to foster individual responsibility to work for justice and peace.

To achieve this mission, we provide educational programming and content for teachers and students – both in the classroom and on-line.  Also, over 10,000 people are educated through docent-led tours of the Memorial each year.  Finally, we provide support for companies and municipalities looking to establish or refine their own human rights initiatives.

Moving forward, we expect to become the primary source whenever recovery from a human rights crisis can be eased by our programming.  To meet this goal, we need to deliver timely, impactful content that elicits meaningful dialogue.  Success will require technical and content development expertise that delivers best in class programming one-to-many as well as one-on-one.  Our goal over the next 3 to 5 years is to become a leading institution for human rights education across the state of Idaho and beyond.

Human Dignity Project

A blended learning opportunity that includes online and onsite training, the goal of the Human Dignity Project is to move from that which inspires to the full realization of human rights for all people.

As the home and builder of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights is often reminded of Robert F. Kennedy’s words that are etched into the stone, “Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, they send forth a tiny ripple of hope … These ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

That is the very core of the Human Dignity Project – recognizing the needs of the others in our community – and standing-up and stepping-in to confront injustice.  Injustice often begins with language – words that are used to target or diminish the other in our community. When our speech pits us versus them, when our words become weapons used to diminish another’s life experience and dignity, doing or saying nothing sends a message that injustice is acceptable.  It isn’t.  The Human Dignity Project challenges each of us – in the classroom, in the community, and in the company, to be an upstander.

For more information, contact info@wassmuthcenter.org

Wassmuth Center e-Classroom

The Wassmuth Center e-Classroom is a storehouse of online modules, courses, and resource materials designed to reinforce and showcase the Center’s mission “to promote respect for human dignity and diversity through education and to foster individual responsibility to work for justice and peace.”  The e-Classroom is comprised of the following three categories:

Click to review the course / module content in the e-Classroom.

Resources

K-12 Education Programming

International Outreach

Pedals and Packs: Thirty years ago, Cambodia emerged from a brutal regime that resulted in complete destruction of schools. Since then, rebuilding the country’s educational system has been a top priority and considerable improvements have been made. However, despite these efforts, Cambodia’s education sector remains blemished by limited access to quality instruction, inadequate school facilities and high dropout rates. Access to and completion of primary school remain a pressing dilemma. Getting to a school where students can complete upper primary grades may mean traveling far distances from home. Each $50 donation to Pedals and Packs will provide one student in Cambodia with a bicycle and backpack – and one less obstacle on the road to an education. For more information, contact info@wassmuthcenter.org. To donate online, click Pedals and Packs.

Community Outreach

Human Rights Book Club: Co-founded by local human rights community leaders Marilyn Shuler and Lisa Uhlmann, with support from the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights and Rediscovered Bookshop, the community-based book club focuses on human rights stories in literature. The club meets the second Thursday every other month in the Idaho Black History Museum, 508 E. Julia Davis Drive, Boise. Selected books are available for purchase at Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. 8th Street, Boise. For more information, contact info@wassmuthcenter.org.

Business Outreach

Establishing a human rights initiative in your business can have a substantial, positive effect on your people, practices and bottom line. It creates a stable, respectful working environment with opportunities for all, and helps establish your company as an organization with strong values within the community.

The Wassmuth Center for Human Rights has programs available to help guide businesses as they establish their own human rights platforms and initiatives. These include:

To learn more, contact us today at (208 345-0304) or info@wassmuthcenter.org.

  • Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places close to home … the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works.”

    Eleanor Roosevelt

  • Never again is obsolete. Never again is now.”

    Rose Beal

  • We must remind ourselves that the Holocaust was not six million. It was one, plus one, plus one …”

    Judith Miller

  • It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t
    enough to believe in it.. One must work at it.”

    Eleanor Roosevelt

  • I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, dif­ferent beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.”

    Jimmy Carter

  • Mejor morir a pie que vivir en rodillas!”

    “It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!”

    Emiliano Zapata

  • You cannot talk solely of human rights in terms of torture and imprisonment and killing. True, this is the gravest aspect. But we must also look at the case of the peasant who has no land and is dying of hunger.”

    Adolfo Perez Esquivel

  • No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.”

    Frederick Douglass

  • It is never too late to give up our prejudices.”

    Henry David Thoreau

  • Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings.”

    Helen Keller

  • Everything I do is about equal opportunity. Race, gender, sexual orienta­tion. Let’s get over it. Let’s celebrate our differences.”

    Billie Jean King

  • We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families.”

    Letter from pastors in a Tutsi community to their Hutu church president, 1994, Rwanda.

  • We are trying to teach them to trust the world again, but it is very difficult.”

    Rose Kayitesi, manager of an orphanage in Rwanda

  • I have been boycotted, followed to my house by a mob of mothers who used obscene language with threats of beating if I did not take my child out of school. Let it be said that I feel nothing but compassion toward these women who in fear and hatred forget so easily what America stands for: freedom of thought, freedom of speech, freedom of action. It is these qualities, divine in essence, that are the core of civilization. Tyranny and suppression can only thwart their own purposes in the end. For the sake of our beloved children, may every American mother remember in time.”

    Daisy Gabrielle

  • When he saw that I was still remaining in the seat, that bus driver said, “If you don’t stand up, I’m going to call the police and have you arrested.” I said, “You may do that.” Two policemen came and wanted to know what was the trouble. One said, “Why don’t you stand up?” I said, “I don’t think that I should have to.” At that point I asked the policeman, “Why do you push us around?” He said, “I don’t know, but the law is the law and you’re under arrest.”

    Rosa Parks

  • Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly end­less.”

    Mother Teresa

  • Now that the whole ship’s cargo were confined together, it became absolutely pestilential. The closeness of the place, and the heat of the climate…almost suffocated us… The shrieks of the women, and the groans of the dying ren­dered it a scene of horror almost inconceivable… I began to hope that death would soon put an end to my miseries.”

    Olaudah Equiano

  • What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”

    Confucius

  • All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

    Edmund Burke

  • We have to face the fact that either all of us are going to die together or we are going to learn to live together and if we are to live together we have to talk.”

    Eleanor Roosevelt

  • In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up be­cause I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did­n’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catho­lics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.”

    Martin Niemoeller

  • Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

    Margaret Mead

  • I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons shall live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and achieve. But, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

    Nelson Mandela

  • Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

    George Santayana

  • We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was ‘Legal’ and everything the Hungarian Freedom Fighters did in Hungary was ‘Illegal’.”

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

  • The women made a plan to dig their own graves and they said, ‘We will stand beside our graves because we are not moving from here. You can shoot and we will lie in our land forever’.”

    Sheena Duncan

  • We simply must work unitedly to remove from our hearts and to drive from our society all elements of hatred, bigotry, racism, and other divisive actions and words that limit a person’s ability to progress, learn, and be fully ac­cepted.”

    Gordon B. Hinckley

  • When the last red man has vanished from this earth, and his memory is only a story among the whites, these shores will still swarm with the invisible dead of my people. And when your children’s children think that they are alone in the field, the forests, the shops, the highways, or the quiet of the woods, they will not be alone. At night when the streets of your town are quiet, and you think they are empty, they will throng with the returning spirits that once thronged them, and that still love these places. The white man will never be alone.”

    Chief Seattle

  • I am tired of fighting. Our chiefs are killed. Looking Glass is dead. Too­hool-hool-sote is dead. Our old men are all dead…[Ollicut is dead]. It is cold and we have no blankets. The little children are freezing to death. My people, some of them, have run away to the hills… No one knows where they are – perhaps freezing to death. I want to have time to look for my chil­dren and see how many of them I can find. Maybe I shall find them among the dead… I am tired. My heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I shall fight no more forever.”

    Chief Joseph

  • Let my people go!”

    Moses

  • None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.”

    Pearl S. Buck

  • Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of oth­ers, they send forth a tiny ripple of hope… These ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

    Robert F. Kennedy

  • I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffer­ing and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the op­pressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tor­mented.”

    Elie Wiesel

  • Your efforts must never produce learned monsters, skilled psychopaths, or educated Eichmanns. Reading, writing, and arithmetic are only important if they serve to make our children more humane.”

    Dr. Haim Ginott

  • President Franklin Roosevelt established these ‘relocation camps’ with the Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942. This authorized our gov­ernment to use the same purely racial criteria that Nazi Germany employed in imprisoning Jews. If you were of Japanese descent, it did not matter whether you were a U.S. citizen, a one-day-old baby, or a 100-year-old grandmother. Roughly 110,000 were arrested, put in camps and required to study ‘civics’.”

    Thomas J. Noel

  • Civil Rights: What black folks are given in the U.S. on the installment plan, as in civil-rights bills. Not to be confused with human rights, which are dignity, stature, humanity, respect, and freedom belonging to all people by right of their birth.”

    Dick Gregory

  • Geroak esan beza: ‘Erri bat izan zan;’ edo-ta ats emaiogun ontan iraun dezan.”

    “It is for those that follow to say either that: A‘ people once existed,’ or that our living breath still endures.”

    Nicholas Ormaechea

  • “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

    Mahatma Gandhi

Upcoming events

  • K-12 Educator Summer Institute – “From Holocaust to Human Rights”

    June 13, 2017, 9:00am

    We teach to “never forget” so that we can commit to “never again.” Combining scholarly discourse and presentation with application discussion and practice, the Summer Institute draws upon the lessons of the Holocaust to shape the integration and examination of contemporary human rights issues in the classroom.  REGISTER