Anne Frank 75th Birthday

Anne Frank 75th Birthday

Miep Gies

THE ORIGIN:

In order to promote a Human Rights message that would resonate with youth, David Clark created and produced the “Anne Frank 75th Birthday Tribute” in New York City with Anne Frank’s friends and only living family member, Buddy Elias, her first cousin.

With help from The Anne Frank Center, Clark secured the support of Miep Gies, age 96, and Simon Wiesenthal, age 97, as Event Chairs.  Miep Gies is known as the courageous woman who hid Anne and her family for over two years and found Anne’s diary, while Holocaust survivor Simon Wiesenthal is known as the Nazi Hunter and an author.

The host was Buddy Elias who introduced his special friend, Edmund “Hello” Silverberg, Anne’s boyfriend at the time of her hiding who celebrated Anne’s life by reading from her diary.   Millie Perkins who portrayed Anne in the 1959 film “Diary of Anne Frank,” and Natalie Portman, who played Anne in the 1997 Broadway production of the same name both read passages from her diary as well.

EVENT CHAIRS:

  • Miep Gies
  • Simon Wiesenthal

 

HONORARY CHAIRS:

  • President Jimmy Carter
  • President Bill Clinton
  • Senator Hillary Clinton
  • Senator Barack Obama
  • Senator Bob Dole

 

Event Chairwoman Miep Gies discusses Anne Frank and her family

75th BIRTHDAY EVENT POSTER:

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75TH BIRTHDAY PHOTO GALLERY:

HUMAN WRITES – THE IDEA:

Clark learns from Buddy Elias that Anne’s goal was to become a journalist, which is why she kept her diary. Clark leverages Anne’s goal and the global impact her diary has made, creating the “Anne Frank Human Writes Award” to promote writers of every description–from journalists to screenwriters, playwrights to poets, and songwriters to novelists—who promote social justice.

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THE RECIPIENT:

Elias, a life-long actor before he became the Director of the Anne Frank Foundation in Basil Switzerland, felt strongly that the recipient of the inaugural Anne Frank Human Writes Award be Arthur Miller, a man who he said wrote about ordinary people like his family swept up in extraordinary circumstances. When approached, Arthur Miller graciously agreed to attend the Gala to receive this award from Mr. Elias, but sadly passed away a month before the event.

Knowing how touched his father had been by the nature of this award, Robert Miller attended the event with Arthur’s sister and stated: “My father agreed to accept this honor because of his belief in the relevance of the writer in society and their power to inform us of the human condition. I feel that this award honors his lifelong commitment to seeking and exploring that relevance.”

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Supporters

Miep Gies

Miep Gies

Simon Wiesenthal

Simon Wiesenthal

Buddy Elias

Buddy Elias

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Bob Dole

Bob Dole

Edmund “Hello” Silverberg

Edmund “Hello” Silverberg

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman

Richard Gere

Richard Gere

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg

Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller

Lou Reed

Lou Reed

Laura Linney

Laura Linney

Gabriel Byrne

Gabriel Byrne

Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper

Emmy Rossum

Emmy Rossum

Millie Perkins

Millie Perkins

Tim Blake Nelson

Tim Blake Nelson

Lili Haydn

Lili Haydn

Amy Irving

Amy Irving

Anne Frank Magazine

Anne Frank Magazine

Simon Wiesenthal Center

Simon Wiesenthal Center

Random House

Random House

Anne Frank Center

Anne Frank Center