About the Anne Frank Center
for Mutual Respect

Our Mission

Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, the U.S. national organization in the worldwide network of Anne Frank organizations, addresses civil and human rights across America. Through educational programs and grassroots organizing, the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect calls out prejudice, counters discrimination and advocates for the kinder and fairer world of which Anne Frank dreamed.

Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect was founded in 1959 as the American Committee of the Anne Frank Foundation, with Anne’s father Otto Frank among its founders.  Our organization had been the American affiliate of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.  In 1977, our organization became an independent organization, the Anne Frank Center, independent of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, and remaining independent of the Anne Frank Fonds in Basel.  We remain independent of the two European organizations to this day.  In 2016, our organization changed its name to the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect to reflect our increased emphasis on civil and human rights.

Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect is a Jewish voice for social justice dedicated to the Jewish principle of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. For us, that means advocating on behalf of all communities, Jewish and non-Jewish alike. We fight hatred of refugees and immigrants, Antisemitism, sexism, racism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, bias against the differently abled and any other hate that runs counter to American promise of freedom. In addressing the civil and human rights issues of today, the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect has developed contemporary advocacy techniques that incorporate historic lessons from Anne Frank’s life and the Holocaust. By applying those historic lessons to current issues, the organization works to make the Holocaust relevant to successive generations of Americans.

Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect is headquartered in New York City, with an additional office in Los Angeles. The organization conducts educational programs and community organizing across the entire United States.

Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect is a 501c3not-for-profit organization. Please support us to help us continue our mission. Contributions to the organization are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.