NEW YORK, June 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Tonight, Monday, June 12, 2017, the day Anne Frank would have turned 88, Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, the U.S. national organization among Anne Frank organizations worldwide, is presenting a star-studded evening to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the publication of her diary. Her diary was published on June 25, 1947.
Tonight at 5:00 pm at Liberty Park at the World Trade Center complex, dignitaries and Holocaust survivors who knew Anne Frank will gather to dedicate a tree grown from the original tree outside Anne Frank's hiding place in Amsterdam where Anne and her family hid from 1942 to 1944.
The Holocaust survivors at tonight's 5:00 pm tree dedication will include Anne Frank's second cousin Monica Smith, Peter Kohnstam, who was a young boy in Amsterdam when Anne babysat him before she went into hiding and the Consul-General for the Netherlands, Dolph Hogewoning.
Anne wrote about the original tree in her diary as a source of inspiration and hope even in the darkest times. Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect chose the World Trade Center as the site of the 70th anniversary tree to evoke New York's eternal hope after 9/11.
Tonight at 6:00 pm on the 68th floor of the World Trade Center, the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect's gala, "Anne Frank Honors," will feature Robert De Niro, Star Wars' Mark Hamill, civil rights legend Congressman John Lewis, Homeland's Mandy Patinkin, NYC Public Advocate Letitia James and others speaking on the state of America.
Honorees include the feminist entrepreneur and philanthropist Lela Goren, civil rights lawyers Nancy Erika Smith & Neil Mullin, Goldman Sachs and Starbucks Corporation.
Late addition: Micah Fletcher, the surviving hero from Portland, Oregon stabbed on a train two weeks ago when he came to the aid of harassed Muslim passengers, has arrived in New York and will be honored tonight. He is the lone survivor of the three Portland heroes.
After dark tonight, the spire of the iconic 1 World Trade Center will be lit in the logo colors of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, orange and yellow. The lighting is courtesy of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and The Durst Organization.
Orange is the color of Dutch national identity, recognizing where Anne Frank hid and wrote her diary. Yellow represents the badge of oppression worn by Jews during the Holocaust. Together, orange and yellow are the colors of the sun, reflecting Anne's hope for humanity even during its darkest times.
The tree ceremony, and lighting of 1 World Trade Center, are courtesy of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and The Durst Organization. Silverstein Properties, the developer of the World Trade Center, has generously donated space at 4 World Trade for the "Anne Frank Center Honors" gala.
"Anne Frank Center Honors" is sponsored by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Penguin Random House, Goldman Sachs, Starbucks Corporation, Rapaport Family Charitable Trust, Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Riviera Caterers and Silverstein Properties. The evening will feature musical performances, announcements of the Center's scholarship winners and honoree tributes.
About the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect
Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, the U.S. national organization among Anne Frank organizations worldwide, addresses civil and human rights issues 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 has been among America's fiercest organizations in opposition to President Trump's ban on refugees, his plan to build a wall to keep immigrants out of our nation, and his Administration's responses to Antisemitism, Islamophobia and other hate.
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