Proceeds of Anne Frank Diary Sales to Go to New Israel Fund

Foundation founded by Otto Frank says 'justice, respect, and accepting difference' are 'pillars of NIF's work'

Jonathan Lis
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Anne Frank posing for a photo in 1941.
Anne Frank posing for a photo in 1941. Credit: AP
Jonathan Lis

The foundation established by Anne Frank’s father Otto has reached an agreement with the New Israel Fund to provide grants to organizations supported by the fund “to advance their work toward equality and justice.”

The Anne Frank Fonds Basel, which is the recipient of all royalties from Anne Frank’s diary and related works, and the NIF issued a joint statement on the NIF website on Tuesday.

The agreement is to take effect over the coming year.

“Anne Frank’s writing became a symbol of justice, respect, and accepting differences to all of humanity,” the Anne Frank Foundation said in a statement. “These values are the pillars of NIF’s work in promoting a State of Israel that is more democratic, and an Israeli society that is more just. The new partnership will strengthen the work of our two organizations and imbue Israeli society with these values.

“Since Otto Frank created the Foundation in Basel, the organization has made a major part of its donations to Israel in the last 50 years. The partnership with NIF acknowledges the bond between the Frank family and Israeli society,” the statement added

Among the NIF’s beneficiaries in Israel in recent years are Breaking the Silence, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, B'tselem, Hamishmar (Social Guard), the Yesh Din civil rights organization, Neve Shalom, the Leo Baeck Center in Haifa,  the Tag Meir anti-racism organization, and many other groups.

The director of the NIF in Israel, Mickey Gitzin, said: “It is a great honor for NIF to receive this vote of confidence from the Anne Frank Foundation. This strategic cooperation will strengthen our activities in all areas: the struggle for social justice, promoting a shared society, advancing women’s rights, the struggle against racism and more. This partnership will help us in our work toward a more values-oriented Israeli society, one of greater equality and justice.”