Children’s author Michael Rosen wrote a special sonnet to mark 75 years since the publication of Anne Frank’s diary this Saturday.
It follows an event in central London on Tuesday with a speech by actress Sarah Solemani, whose father is a retired Persian-Jewish maths teacher.
Speaking to the audience, she said: “We are here today to wake up and encourage our families, our communities and our countries to wake up, and affirm that racism, anti-Semitism, anti-immigration, the anti-refugee, the anti-Muslim, the anti-humanity in all its forms, is a sickness with a changing face. It is the need to purge the country of one type of human being.
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Solemani said Anne Frank ‘wanted her writing to matter’, adding: ‘It does. She wanted to live on after she died. She did. Her legacy is so much more than her diary entries. It is the goodness within each of us that yearns and clings to its words of hope, the handbook of hope.
Holocaust survivor Mala Tribich, who was in Bergen-Belsen at the same time as the young columnist, said: “Anne Frank captured the hearts and minds of all young people of her generation and beyond; 75 years after its publication, his book still inspires. His wisdom and insights at such a tender age were truly amazing.
Anne Frank Trust chief executive Tim Robertson said Anne’s diary was “a masterpiece that plays a unique global role in conveying the human impact of extreme anti-Semitism, particularly to non-Jewish audiences.