Statement from the Anne Frank Trust UK on coronavirus

During this time of international crisis, our thoughts are with everyone infected and affected by coronavirus, especially those grieving for loved ones.

With the closure of schools across the UK, we are unable to run our usual educational programmes, but we have introduced a robust new operational plan for the lock-down period. This aims to secure the long-term future of the Trust, while maintaining as much as possible of our vital work of anti-prejudice education.

We’re creating digital education resources, which you can find on this website. If we can raise the funds, we’ll create more interactive online education, and we have plans for workshops to help young people re-settle once schools reopen. Anne Frank’s Diary is particularly resonant at the moment – as a companion to being cooped up, a warning not to let distancing become discrimination, and a comparison to help keep the situation in perspective.

For now, though, we have had to make the difficult decision to furlough most of our education delivery staff, by making use of the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Our other staff are working from home on reduced hours: you can contact any of us via info@annefrank.org.uk.

Like everybody in these unprecedented times, we are learning and reviewing as we go. Please sign up to our monthly e-bulletin to keep abreast of our developments.

We realise there are lots of pressures on all of us at the moment, but, if you can help us with even a modest donation at this very challenging time for charities, we would be hugely grateful. With coronavirus leading so easily to scapegoating, othering and prejudice, our work is needed more than ever.

Most of all, though, we send you our warmest wishes in these strange, sad times. As Anne Frank wrote in her diary on 6 June 1944:

“Where there’s hope there’s life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.”

Tim Robertson
Chief Executive
8 April 2020