Barely a month before The Old Lady visited the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial in Boise ID, vandals attacked the site. Anti-Semitic and racial slur were scrawled across some of the plaques in an apparent effort to cover the memorial’s messages of hope with statements of hate.
It didn’t work.
The effort was counter-productive, instead inspiring citizens to immediately donate thousands of dollars toward repairs and to open community dialogues about how to react to hateful speech and actions.
“We will repair. We will replace. And we will expand the memorial with the addition of the Marilyn Shuler classroom for human rights,” said Dan Prinzing, director of the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, which is the builder of and home of the Idaho memorial.Hate turned to hope. An attack turned into an opportunity for LOVE and growth.