Anne Frank: Lessons in human rights and dignity.

The Florida
Holocaust Museum

Anne Frank Center USA

To Remember,
a Times special report



"I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness, I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too, I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more. In the meantime, I must hold on to my ideals. Perhaps the day will come when I'll be able to realize them!''

-- Anne Frank,
July 15, 1944, age 15

Anne Frank and her mother, Edith, in 1931. Anne loved the sandbox at the home on Ganghoferstrasse.
[Photos from “Anne Frank: Beyond the Diary”]

The powerful writings of a teenager from the darkness of her hiding place during the Holocaust can teach us much about making a difference for the 21st century.

The 1999 Newspaper in Education series, is "Anne Frank: Lessons in human rights and dignity.'' The series embraces a broad spectrum of topics using Frank's legacy as a framework.

How do we learn to get along with, respect and care about each other in our communities, as part of a nation, between one country and another? We study the past in part to become aware of the terrible toll of discrimination, hatred and violence.

The lessons of the past and their importance for the future will be explored by Joyce Apsel, director of education at the Anne Frank Center USA in New York, which made the touring exhibit available.

"To make our democratic society work, ''Apsel says, "each of us must strive to reduce discrimination and prejudice in ourselves and others and educate ourselves as citizens of our community, the state of Florida, the United States and the world.''

These are the ideals of Anne Frank.

 Chapter 1:
The human costs of war

Chapter 2:
A family flees intolerance

Chapter 3:
Going into hiding

Chapter 4:
Helping this family held deadly risks

Chapter 5:
Betrayal of those in hiding

Chapter 6:
Anne's diary spreads her story

Chapter 7:
Diaries can teach their writers, too

Chapter 8:
A diary is one way to get acquainted with yourself

Chapter 9:
Recording your private thoughts

Chapter 10:
Re-evaluating your diary entries

Chapter 11:
Exploring your life on paper

Chapter 12:
Belonging and being an outsider

Chapter 13:
Change makes moving a challenge

Chapter 14:
Start slowly changing the world!

Chapter 15:
Exhibit examines lessons of the past

Chapter 16:
What to expect when you visit the exhibit

Chapter 17:
Anne's words still strengthen spirits

Chapter 18:
More than ‘musings of a 13-year-old schoolgirl’

Chapter 19:
Standing on the outside, looking in

Chapter 20:
Putting limits on power to protect rights

Chapter 21:
Living with the terror that you'll be next

Chapter 22:
Nazi hatred brought pain and death to Gypsies

Chapter 23:
People as prey: Being hunted down by the Nazis

Chapter 24:
Against the odds, two sisters survive

© Copyright 2006 St. Petersburg Times. All rights reserved.