by Wildcat Dianne
March 29, 2005
The land on Boise's Greenbelt in Ann Morrison Park for the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial was set aside by the Parks and Recreation Department in 1998, but the monument wasn't completed and dedicated until 2002. But it was worth the wait.
The Humanitarian Monument not only depicts the Holocaust, it memorializes the Rwandan and Bosnian Genocides along with the Civil Rights movement here in the USA in the 1950s and 1960s. The monument itself is a beautiful and modern mini-park consisting of benches and surrounded by walls with sayings by the world's most famous humanitarians, such as Ghandi, Maya Angelou, etc., inscribed on them. The inscriptions and walls are very moving and beautiful. There are a couple of ponds and little waterfalls to make the memorial a peaceful place for one to sit, think, and contemplate man's inhumanity to others.
Anne Frank is beautifully honored with a bronze statue of her as if she is looking out of the window of the Secret Annex in Amsterdam where she and her family and friends hid from the Nazis for 25 months. There are several entries from her diary inscribed near the statue and all over the memorial.
Loki and Katie were two very impatient dogs and wanted to go play in the park, but we held our ground and spent about 15 minutes walking around the memorial reading the inscriptions. Mom and I found this memorial very moving and spiritual.
It is free to tour the Anne Frank Memorial, but donations are accepted. The memorial is located behind the Log Cabin Learning Center near the Boise Library in Ann Morrison Park. You can either walk into the memorial via the underpass connecting this park and Julia Davis Park, or you can enter AM Park from Capitol or Americana Boulevard and walk from the parking lot there. It is worth a short or long look at this beautiful memorial to a girl who died too young and man's humanity.
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