Anne Frank ambassadors from 27 countries meet in Amsterdam

Anne Frank Ambassadors

A four-day conference of fifty ‘Anne Frank ambassadors’ from 27 countries comes to a close today in De Nieuwe Liefde centre in Amsterdam. To mark the 85th anniversary of Anne Frank’s birth, these young people have spent the last four days sharing experiences, discussing what Anne Frank means to them and developing new educational projects. Three ambassadors will present their project plans at the closing session to a panel including the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Frans Timmermans. “It is wonderful to see how involved these young people are in the life story of Anne Frank, and how they are giving that story contemporary significance in their own countries.”

International Youth Conference

Anne Frank Ambassadors Programme 2014

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Young people from around the world were invited by the Anne Frank House to come together in Amsterdam from 11 to 14 August. The ambassadors, aged 16 to 25, are involved in educational projects centred around Anne Frank in their own countries, such as giving tours of the international travelling exhibition ‘Anne Frank – a history for today’.

Otto Frank

With this international young people’s conference the Anne Frank House is continuing a tradition started by Anne’s father Otto Frank when the Anne Frank House was founded in 1957 to preserve the hiding place on the Prinsengracht canal in Amsterdam and spread the message of Anne Frank’s life and ideals.

Juli 1968, zomerconferentie
A young people’s conference in 1969 with Otto Frank (AFH collection, photographer Egbert van Zon)

closing session

At the closing session of the conference three ambassadors will present their project plans to a jury made up of Frans Timmermans, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ted Musaph, a member of the advisory board of the Anne Frank House and survivor of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, and Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank House. The presenter is Dutch TV personality Lisa Wade, and the guest speaker is Roxanne ‘Rocky’ Hehakaija, who raised money by crowdfunding to teach football skills to girls from deprived backgrounds in Rio.

Speech

Speech by the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans:

Speech 14 August 2014 (pdf) (91KB)
Frans Timmermans