In the year 2000, when the World's Children's Prize was founded, the Honorary Award was given posthumously to Anne Frank. Anne Frank was a Jewish girl who was forced to go into hiding from the Nazis during World War II.
Anne started to keep a diary from her thirteenth birthday. When she went into hiding, in a house in Amsterdam in occupied Holland, she brought the diary along. She wrote about her life but also composed poems and short stories.
After two years, Anne’s family and the others hiding in the same house were discovered, arrested and deported. Anne died in March 1945 in Auschwitz, the Nazi concentration camp. She was only 15 years old.
Anne Frank’s diary, saved by one of the family’s helpers, was first published as a book in 1947. Today, her diary has been translated into 70 languages and is one of the most widely read books in the world.
As a WCP Laureate Anne Frank represents the billions of children who have had their rights violated during the 20th century.