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.
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.
The Memorial is the only Anne Frank 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). please click the UDHR link.
The Marilyn Shuler Classroom for Human Rights includes state-of-the-art electronic technology showcasing the “History of Human Rights in Idaho.” The history is presented in both date ranges and by group; the group pages include a series of short video highlighting an event, person, place or piece of legislation significant in the Idaho story.
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.