Sixty-six years ago today (3 May 1957), The Anne Frank House was founded. A non-profit organization, the house operates not only as a museum where Franks, the van Pels, and eventually a dentist named Fritz Pfeffer went into hiding. The goal of the Anne Frank House is not only to increase awareness of her life story with the world but also to educate so the events that forced her family into hiding, and her eventual death, never happen again.

Recently Anne’s Diary, considered one of the most important books about the Holocaust, has been banned, and last year “Hitler was Right” was posted more than 70,000 on social media. It’s an astonishing and frightening number.

I remember being given my first copy of Anne’s Diary. I was twelve and had been complaining about how difficult my life was and how no one had suffered more than I was at that point in time. “You want to know about a difficult life?” My grandmother said to me. “Read this.”

I have since read several iterations of the diary.

“In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.” Anne Frank.

Born in 1929 Anne would have turned 94 next month. But she, along with millions of others were murdered by the Nazis.

Hitler wasn’t right. He was a monster. Instead of banning Anne’s diary, it should be required reading. We must learn from the mistakes of the past to ensure they NEVER happen again.

For more information on the Anne Frank House please check out their official website.

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