In 1959, Otto Frank, Anne’s father, founded our organization as the Anne Frank Foundation, the American partner of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and the Anne Frank Fonds in Basel. The United States was no afterthought to Otto. At age 19, he came to New York to do an apprenticeship at Macy’s, before returning home to Germany. He fell in love with the United States and never forgot his time here.
In 1977, the organization renamed itself The Anne Frank Center USA. In 2016, the organization expanded its name to the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, to reflect its expanded focus on exposing and fighting hate in the world today. Our new name is inspired by Otto himself, who wanted the organization to help “build a world based on equal rights and mutual respect.” Otto’s dream was Anne’s dream, and continues as ours.
Our inspiring programs, events and exhibits across the country, tailored to youth and adults from every walk of life, train participants to recognize and stop prejudice even at its earliest stages. Through our work that honors Anne Frank’s diary and enduring legacy, the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect does more than respond to prejudice. We teach our nation to prevent it.
Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect USA 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.