Countless numbers of people have given their opinions on Anne Frank and her diary - from John F. Kennedy to Nelson Mandela; from the famous to the unknown. Sometimes moving, sometimes critical.

Nelson Mandela on the diary of Anne Frank

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In honour of Nelson Mandela visit his online memorial.

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Travelling exhibition

Since August 2009, the travelling exhibition Anne Frank: a history for today is on tour in South Africa.

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Nelson Mandela talks about the strength he derived from Anne Frank's diary  when he was imprisoned on Robben Island. 

 

This footage originates from the documentary The Diary on Robben Island by Dutch broadcasting cooperation VARA, which was broadcast on 4 May 1995.

Freedom and justice

In 1994, Anne Frank in the World travelled to six cities in South Africa. More than a hundred thousand South Africans visited the exhibition. During the opening ceremony in Johannesburg on 15 August, South African President Mandela conducted the opening and was awarded the Anne Frank Medal. The Anne Frank House presented him with the medal in recognition of his tireless struggle to make South Africa a democratic multicultural society. Mandela accepted the medal with the following words:

On Robben Island, some of us read Anne Frank's Diary. We derived much encouragement from it. It kept our spirits high and reinforced our confidence in the invincibility of the cause of freedom and justice.

Nelson Mandela
From left to right: Nelson Mandela, Glyn Ford, Winnie Mandela and Dienke Hondius in front of one of the panels of the travelling exhibition 'The World of Anne Frank' in the European Parliament in 1990.

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