"We’re all alive, but we don’t know why or what for; we’re all searching for happiness; we’re all leading lives that are different and yet the same."

The Diary of Anne Frank, Thursday 6 July 1944

Ambassadors meet Holocaust Survivor

On 12th June, the 94th anniversary of Anne Frank’s birthday, we held a special event in Pleckgate High School, Blackburn

After taking part in our History for Today programme and delivering tours of our exhibition to hundreds of their peers, our peer guides and ambassadors met with Holocaust survivor Anne Super. 

In collaboration with The Fed, Anne Super shared her story of being a hidden child, reading from her powerful book and answering questions from the young people.

Ambassador Zaibaa presented the artwork that she made for Anne. It was a representation of all the places Anne had lived throughout her life. It was an emotional moment, and we are very proud of our ambassadors who also showed Anne and The Fed around our exhibition and shared what they had achieved in their work with us. 

“It was such a powerful story and at times so emotional. I feel privileged to be here to hear the story. It has had an impact on me and I think it is something I will never forget.” - Maryam, Year 7 peer guide

Our event with Daniel Finkelstein

Thank you to Daniel Finkelstein who joined us to discuss his book Hitler, Stalin, Mum & Dad

A powerful story of his parents' resistance and survival under persecution, Lord Finkelstein discussed the family history followed in his highly praised book. 

Discussing the lessons he learnt from his research and writing, Lord Finkelstein talked about the importance of testimony and ensuring that stories from the Holocaust are taught and remembered.

We are very grateful to Lord Finkelstein for joining us at this special event. 

Generously supported by Brown Rudnick LLP

Appeal update

Thank you to everyone who supported our June appeal #BecauseofAnneFrank

Your generous support has helped us to raise an amazing £14,322!

We are grateful to everyone who supported our #BecauseofAnneFrank appeal, marking what would have been Anne Frank's 94th birthday.

Your donations mean we can help more young people learn from Anne Frank and the Holocaust, empowering them to challenge all forms of prejudice. 

If you would still like to give and help us go even further, please follow the link below.

Michael Josephson MBE Charity Ball

The Anne Frank Trust has been announced as a principal charity for the Michael Josephson Charity Ball 2023

We are excited to share that Michael Josephson MBE has chosen The Anne Frank Trust as one of four charities selected to be principal beneficiaries at the #MJBall23

The charity ball is hosted annually and has rapidly become one of the biggest fundraising galas in Manchester, breaking fundraising records and changing many lives. 

This year we are extremely grateful to be one of the charities who will be supported by the funds raised at this amazing event. We stand alongside Variety, the Children's Charity; Mahdlo Youth Zone; and the Rainbow Trust Children's Charity as one of the nominated charities who support children and young people.

Read more about Michael Josephson's Charity Ball

In memory of Sir Ben Helfgott MBE

A message from Gillian Walnes Perry MBE, Co-founder and Honorary Vice President of the Anne Frank Trust UK

"Although Sir Ben passed away at the remarkable age (by any standards) of 93, to those of us in the field of Holocaust education, his presence was so familiar and important, that it is as though we are entering a new reality. He was, in many ways, the leader of the Holocaust survivor community, an embodiment of the resilience of a small group of people who rose again, and triumphed, from the ashes of the horrors they endured, and who were certainly not meant to continue to live beyond their entry into the gates of the death camps or European forests...

Ben’s passing, and that of so many Holocaust survivors in the past couple of years, reminds us who have had the privilege of hearing their memories first hand that this was indeed a precious gift. It bids us to ensure these stories are relayed even further and even wider, so the legacy of Ben Helfgott remains in the care of all of us who will carry it forward."

Recent funding success

We are delighted to have secured a grant from the Portal Trust to work in primary schools across London. The Portal Trust are committed to ensuring that everyone has the chance to fulfil their potential. Thanks to their funding of almost £40,000, we will be able to work in primary schools across seven London boroughs and grow our intake of Anne Frank Ambassadors from the 9-11 year age group.

Thanks to funding from the Tagliaferri family, we are able to offer 15 of our Anne Frank Ambassadors a life-changing residential writing retreat. Ambassadors will travel to Lumb Bank, run by the Arvon Foundation, one of the UK’s most prestigious providers of quality creative writing education. There they will strengthen their authentic writing voice and deepen their commitment to building a world free from discrimination.

Finally, we are delighted to have been granted a large, multi-year grant of £242,000 from an anonymous donor. This will enable us to work in 48 primary schools across England and Scotland – allowing us to reach almost 9,000 young people.

We are so delighted to have a variety of committed and courageous supporters who directly contribute to empowering young people challenge prejudice, inspired by the life and work of Anne Frank.

If you would like to donate, you can do so here: https://www.annefrank.org.uk/Listing/Category/ways-to-give