Shabbat Salon: Gillian Walnes Perry | Congregation Beth Am

Shabbat Salon: Gillian Walnes Perry

Speaking on her book "The Legacy of Anne Frank"

Books will be available to purchase and have signed by author Gillian Walnes Perry on Sunday, July 14 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the Beit Kehillah.

Gillian Walnes Perry, MBE, the Co-Founder and Honorary Vice President of the Anne Frank Trust UK, will speak about her recently published book about the surprising global legacy of Anne Frank.

The Legacy of Anne Frank explores the Anne Frank story through a new lens, that of how learning about a Jewish girl’s experiences in the Holocaust has had a redemptive and healing effect in some of the world’s most turbulent and violent regions in recent years. How has Anne Frank succeeded - where other initiatives have failed - in bringing together those from different sides in intractable conflicts and breaking down deeply held prejudices against "the other"? How has Anne Frank given young people in some of the poorest and most challenged regions aspiration and hope for their own futures? No one tells this story better than Gillian Perry, who has been closely involved in this work for three decades.

Gillian has spent time with many people who knew Anne Frank and her father, Otto Frank, and who have shared new insights with her. She will relate fascinating personal stories about spending a night at the Academy Awards in Hollywood with the heroic helper of the Frank family; how Audrey Hepburn and Steven Spielberg both became involved in Gillian’s fledgling charity when it was still run from her home; and how Anne Frank influenced the life of Nelson Mandela. Four British Prime Ministers, a US President and leading US politicians have supported her in her mission to spread Anne Frank’s message as widely as possible.

In 2010, Gillian was awarded the honor of becoming a Member of the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth for her work in education and setting up the Anne Frank Trust UK. She is an experienced broadcaster and public speaker in locations such as the United Nations and 10 Downing Street.

This event is free and is co-sponsored by the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center.

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