The 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, along with the end of World War II, was commemorated this week on the same day that Israel marked Holocaust Remembrance Day. To commemorate the famous teenage diarist Anne Frank, who died in Bergen-Belsen, the Anne Frank Trust UK launched a social media campaign encouraging people (including celebrities) to record themselves reading excerpts from Frank’s diary and to publish the videos online with the hashtag #notsilent.
“We could have a minute’s silence to mark Anne Frank’s death, but it wasn’t appropriate,” said Gillian Walnes, co-founder and executive director of the Anne Frank Trust, Reuters reported.
“Anne Frank could not be silenced. Her voice has resonated across the generations in the 70 years since she died, and she’s inspired people… to actually speak out in her memory, and try to make the world better, as she wanted to do but couldn’t do,” she added.