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New Anne Frank Center Opens In Lower Manhattan

Anne Frank Center USA - New York, NY - Mar 15, 2012 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880 / AFS/AFF, Amsterdam/Basel)

Anne Frank Center USA – New York, NY – Mar 15, 2012 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880 / AFS/AFF, Amsterdam/Basel)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - The words of the diary of Anne Frank, one of the many young victims of the Holocaust, have echoed on through time and around the globe to Manhattan.

WCBS 880′s Marla Diamond On The Story


“I hope I’ll be able to confide everything to you,” she wrote.

Formerly located at 38 Crosby Street, the Anne Frank Center USA is now located at 44 Park Place, across the street from Park 51, the controversial Islamic community center.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports


LINK: Anne Frank Center USA

The new Frank Center had its grand opening on Thursday.

Anne Frank Center USA - New York, NY - Mar 15, 2012 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880 / AFS/AFF, Amsterdam/Basel)

Anne Frank Center USA - New York, NY - Mar 15, 2012 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880 / AFS/AFF, Amsterdam/Basel)

Asked why her words still resonate more than half a century later, Yvonne Simons, the center’s executive director, said, “Because you’re talking about a young child and the innocence of that, and people understand that, and particularly young people understand that.”

Imam Talib ‘Abdur-Rashid, who heads the Islamic Leadership Council of New York, was on hand for the occasion.

“This entire area now should help to remind us of the ongoing importance of tolerance,” he said, adding that his hope is that the center will educate and enlighten.

“It’s an odd idea for someone like me to keep a diary,” Frank also wrote.

“There are so many memories of everything. [We] are able to show everything, the room where she slept,” said Holocaust survivor Jack Polak.

The education space is named for Jack and his wife Ina.

99-year-old Jack is still telling his story to schoolchildren worldwide.

“People can’t believe how horrible it was. It has to be told,” he said.

Anne Frank Center USA - New York, NY - Mar 15, 2012 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880 / AFS/AFF, Amsterdam/Basel)

Anne Frank Center USA - New York, NY - Mar 15, 2012 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880 / AFS/AFF, Amsterdam/Basel)

Anne Frank called Amsterdam home until she was deported by the Nazis, eventually meeting her death at age 15 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany in 1945.

How do you try to teach the importance of tolerance in today’s society? Please share your story in the comments section below!