2014 Award Winners


2014 Distinguished Advocate Award

HIDDEN CHILDREN OF THE HOLOCAUST – Anne Frank was but one of thousands of Jewish children who were in hiding during the Holocaust. Had she survived, she would be celebrating her 85th birthday today, June 12, 2014. Jewish children died at a rate far higher than adults in the Holocaust. Estimates are that only 6-11 percent of Jewish children survived, compared to 33 percent of adults. These children often had to deny their identities as Jews, housing with Christian families or religious organizations, or physically hiding in attics, closets, barns, fields, and cellars.They often lived in danger and fear. Learn More  

The Leah and Edward Frankel Supporting Foundation Scholarship Award

ALEXIS JOAN WERNER – My journey came to a crossroads when I was 15 years old,” wrote Alexis Werner in her Spirit of Anne Frank Scholarship Award application. It was then that her step-father came home from his third duty in Afghanistan.“It was so scary to see such a physically strong man deteriorating mentally.” Alexis decided something had to be done.Actually, three things. Learn More      

ING Scholarship Award

DERRICK PARKER – When co-founding the mentoring program Each One Teach One in his hometown, Kansas City, MO, Derrick Parker knew he had his work cut out for him.“Growing up as a young black male in the urban community can be hard… When a young boy goes home surrounded by drugs, poverty, and illegal lifestyles it can be hard to focus on what is important, and that is education.” Learn More      

Mr. and Mrs. Edmond Farber Outstanding Student Award

NEHA GUPTA – While most kids spend their days on bicycles or playing video games, Neha Gupta took a different approach. At just nine years old, she founded the non-profit Empower Orphans to help orphaned and underprivileged children in India. “Many impoverished young women in India end up on the streets and are forced into prostitution,” she wrote in her Spirit of Anne Frank Scholarship Award application. Learn More      

The Tianaderrah Foundation Outstanding Student Award

CLAIRE HELMEN – After reading The Diary of Anne Frank in the 8th grade, Claire Helmen remembered “thinking how brave and courageous [Anne] was.” For her, the teenager was a kindred spirit, specifically in her concern for children affected by violence. Two years earlier, Claire founded a program, “Claire’s Comfort for Kids,” to help the children of domestic violence victims. Her idea was to have other children make blankets with personal notes that would be placed in police cars so that when an officer arrived at a scene where a child was involved, they could give them one of the blankets, letting them know others cared. Learn More    

Jacob Salzman Outstanding Student Award

ISABEL M. ZAYAS – Years after reading The Diary of Anne Frank, Isabel Zayas found herself asking “What would Anne do?” In high school, she battled depression and anxiety, and, like Anne, felt marginalized and alone.“No matter how overwhelming my own experiences,” she confided in her Spirit of Anne Frank Scholarship Award application,“I realized how terrifying Anne’s were…Anne taught me the value of resilience; I worked hard to emulate her.” She did this by founding the first LETS chapter in her home state of Connecticut. Learn More