Gillian Walnes Perry,is also the founder and Vice President of the Anne Frank Trust UK, will be in Manchester on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th March.
Gillian’s new book ‘The Legacy of Anne Frank’ explores the astonishing impact this teenage writer has had on people in some of the world’s most violent, turbulent and socially challenged regions over the past three decades. Although many books and literary analyses have been written about Anne Frank’s life and diary, none have explored the surprising influence she has had on young people in countries all over the world, helping to shape their moral framework and giving them critical life skills.
In these uncertain and divisive times, Gillian will be joined by a local Manchester teenager who is an ‘Anne Frank Ambassador’ spreading Anne’s message in their local community.
More on the book
From her secret hiding place in wartime Amsterdam, the Jewish teenager Anne Frank wrote heart-wrenchingly about the terrors of a captivity that would ultimately end with her death at the hands of the Nazis.
In her world-famous diaries, she described with remarkable honesty her transition from childhood to a deep thinking, opinionated and passionate teenager. The life she longed to live, during which she would help to create a more caring world, was tragically not to be. In August 1944, she and her family were captured and deported to Auschwitz.
Two years after her death from starvation and disease in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, her diary was published. It quickly became an international sensation, going on to in uence hearts and minds for over seventy years.
Although many books and literary analyses have been written about Anne Frank’s life and diary, none have explored the surprising in uence she has had on young people in countries all over the world, helping to shape their moral framework and giving them critical life skills. This is due in part to the merits of a travelling exhibition created by the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam in 1985 which has so far been seen by over 9 million people. The Anne Frank exhibition, along with its innovative educational and cultural activities, has circumnavigated the globe many times.
In this fascinating study, Gillian Walnes Perry explores the various legacies of Anne Frank’s in uence. She looks at the complex life of Anne Frank’s father and the motivations that powered his educational philosophy. She shares new insights into the real Anne Frank, personally gifted by those who actually knew her. Global icons such as Nelson Mandela and Audrey Hepburn relate the in uence that Anne Frank had on shaping their own lives.
This book presents – all in one place and for the very rst time – the inspirational stories of a diverse variety of people from all over the world, brought together by the words of one particularly articulate and inspiring teenage victim of the Holocaust.