There are moments in life when we realize how truly powerful the written word can be. For me, this happened when I discovered the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial. Of course, I’d read Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl. Everyone has, even my nine year old daughter. It’s been translated into 60 languages, listed as one of the best books of the twentieth century, and made into films.
Still, Boise, Idaho seems like an odd place for a memorial to someone who died in the Holocaust. And that’s precisely the point. The monument displays quotes from around the world: Mahatma Gandi, Maya Angelou, Confucius, Chief Joseph and a student in Sarajevo.
At the center of the display is a statue of Anne Frank with her diary hidden behind her back, peering out of her attic window.
In a fitting tribute to Anne Frank’s love of stories and writing, the monument sits between the Boise Public Library and The Log Cabin Literary Center, where young writers gather to learn the craft of writing.
When an author writes a universal truth, it spreads all the way to the end of the earth.
So what is your universal truth? What book that you love has reached to the ends of the earth? What impact has it had?