Tributes have been paid to the Jewish diarist Anne Frank today on what would have been her 90th birthday.
Her diary, published posthumously, chronicles life in hiding during the German occupation of the Netherlands and stands testament to the horrors of Nazi rule.
Over 36 million copies of have been sold globally of the book, which has been taught in schools and translated into 67 languages.
Her stepsister, the survivor Eva Schloss joined Home Office Secretary Sajid Javid at a parliamentary reception hosted by the Anne Frank Trust today.
Wonderful to be with @AnneFrankTrust in Parliament on 90th anniversary of Anne Frank's birth.
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A portrait of the diarist re-imagined as a 90 year-old by the British painter Fiona Graham Mackay was also unveiled as part of the commemorations in Westminster.
The Holocaust Educational Trust Chief Executive Karen Pollock honoured Frank and paying homage to her literary talent.
“It is difficult to put into words the impact that Anne Frank’s diary has had on the world,” Pollock said.
“It has touched successive generations, not only because of the terrible plight of her family but also because of the literary talent shown by this apparently ordinary teenage girl in giving voice to her thoughts and fears in the most extraordinary circumstances.
“Anne Frank’s diary is a symbol of what was lost, of hopes, aspirations and dreams cut short. Anne’s life sadly ended in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, along with her sister Margot.
“Her incredible story has touched so many lives, leaving an immeasurable footprint.”
Olivia Marks-Woldman, Holocaust Memorial Day Chief Executive urged Frank’s readers to draw hope and encouragement from the teen’s words.
“Whilst Anne never saw liberation and freedom, her powerful words live on and should encourage us all to work for a better future, free from prejudice and hostility,”Marks-Woldman said.
“Although she could have never known what an enormous historical value and cultural impact would have, her words have enabled millions of people around the world to learn about this dark period of history.”