Anne Frank: A Global Tribute… Tuesday 14th April, 2015

While being more renowned for being out-of-synch than having perfect timing, it turns out the timing of yesterday’s post sharing my journal-journey with Anne Frank, was absolutely perfect…even uncanny!! You see, tomorrow, marks the 70th anniversary of her very tragic and untimely death in Bergen-Belson, a Nazi concentration camp.It’s almost like she whispered in my ear so I could find out and be a part of a global tribute: #notsilent. Now, I’m spreading the word and encouraging you to get involved too!

The Anne Frank Trust and Penguin Random House (UK publishers of The Diary of A Young Girl) have joined together to mark the 70th anniversary of Anne’s death with a one minute campaign called #notsilent.

Instead of a one minute’s silence to commemorate the end of Anne Frank’s short life, we are invited to read out loud a one minute passage from Anne’s inspirational writing at any time on or after Tuesday 14th April.

There are further details on their web site at: http://www.annefrank.org.uk/what-we-do/notsilent This includes a selection of passages suitable for a one minute reading to choose from. Alternatively, you can choose one yourself, or you can read something you have written about your own life and hopes. You can start or end your reading by explaining why you want to do it.

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”
― Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank ice skating with friends prior to going into hiding. Such an every day thing, which takes on incredible significance when Anne and her family could even do the basic things we take for granted.

Anne Frank ice skating with friends prior to going into hiding. Such an every day thing, which takes on incredible significance when Anne and her family could even do the basic things we take for granted.

How you can get involved

STEP ONE:  Select an extract suitable for a one minute reading. This can either be an extract from Anne’s diary, you can download our selection here, or you can choose your own writing. While you read, either alone, in a group, in your classroom, home, work place or public place, we ask you to film yourself and upload it onto a video sharing platform of your choice (Youtube, Vimeo, Flickr etc) ensuring the video is available to view publicly.

STEP TWO:   Send us the link to your video, by posting it on to the Anne Frank Trust’s Facebook (Anne Frank Trust UK) or Twitter (@annefranktrust) pages, using the hash tag #notsilent. Alternatively, you can e-mail your video via we transfer to siama@annefrank.org.uk.

STEP THREE:  We also ask you to share your one minute clip throughout your social media to encourage others to join in.

Thank you for participating and honoring Anne Frank’s memory in this way. We will together be #notsilent.

By the way, here’s a link to my post: A Life Saving Journey with Anne Frank: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2015/04/12/a-lifesaving-journey-with-anne-frank/

Thanks to Merril from Yesterday and Today: Merril’s Historical Musings: https://merrildsmith.wordpress.com/ for spreading the word and now it’s our turn.

Although it’s a bit last minute, please spread the word and pass this on. Anne Frank touched so many hearts in so many different ways and this is an opportunity to keep her light alive. It also provides the living with the opportunity to come together joining hands as a diverse, global community to honour a vibrant life which tragically ended so utterly alone and to stand firm against the spread of racism, discrimination and hate in our contemporary world.  After all, Anne Frank has demonstrated that one person really can influence the world and work for for good.

“I don’t want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!”
― Anne Frank

Love and blessings,

Rowena

17 thoughts on “Anne Frank: A Global Tribute… Tuesday 14th April, 2015

  1. roweeee Post author

    Thanks for the reblog, Carol. I was delighted to find out about this and have to get myself moving for tomorrow…I mean today!

  2. roweeee Post author

    You’re welcome. As soon as I found out, I wanted to spread the word because I know how much she means to so many people and they’d want to get involved.

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  4. Joanne Corey

    I re-blogged through Press This, which apparently doesn’t automatically post to your comments section. I wanted to add my thanks for this post. I hope there will be many participants.

  5. gaiainaction

    She has reached so many people, and young people at that. Here in Ireland it is a much sought after book in the library, young people of school age asking for it, and reading it. I think that is great, learning lessons as they read, lessons about bravery, and perhaps also about times in history when people here in the West were suffering very much indeed. Thank you Rowena for posting this.

  6. roweeee Post author

    Thanks so much for putting me onto this Merril. I’m going to light some candles and we’ll do it by the water. I was thinking that was very different to Anne’s world but Amsterdam is full of canals and she did go to the beach before going into hiding. It’s also good to remember and recognise who she was beyond what she suffered.

  7. roweeee Post author

    You’re so welcome. Really wanted to get the word out and even though my blogging network isn’t huge, some of the people who follow me have an incredible reach and I’d hoped they’d spread the word even further.

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  9. roweeee Post author

    Thanks very much, Joanne. Me too. It would be great to see the online world come together to honour such an inspirational young woman…a friend and confidante to so many!

  10. suzie81speaks

    Thanks so much for sharing this. It was reading her diary that inspired me to start my own… What a beautiful person and an inspirational young woman!

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  12. roweeee Post author

    She was certainly there for me in a funny sort of way as a teenager. She just seemed to understand and absorb everything. We had out vigil last night beside the pool where we lit a ring of tea light candles and read out some passages. I don’t think anyone else in the family really understood what we were doing but it did give me the chance to introduce them to Anne Frank and the terrible things done by the Nazis. Their minds are a bit like a moneybox. You keep putting in those gold coins and ultimately they add up.

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