Event Information

September 17, 2014
2014 Anne Frank Award for Human Dignity and Tolerance

On September 17, 2014, the inaugural 2014 Anne Frank Award for Human Dignity and Tolerance was awarded to Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, at a ceremony at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, for his decades-long support of social justice and religious tolerance.

The Reverend Dr. Canon Andrew White, also known as the "Vicar of Baghdad," was honored with the Anne Frank Special Recognition Award for Religious Tolerance and Reconciliation. Known as the "Vicar of Baghdad," Canon White heads the only Anglican church in Iraq, and has been tireless in his dedication to enhancing religious tolerance and reconciliation in Baghdad and the Middle East.

The awards were created to honor the legacy of Anne Frank who wrote so elegantly in her diary about the need to stand up for tolerance and human rights. They are given to an American person (or organization) who has demonstrated a body of work that confronts intolerance, anti-Semitism, racism or discrimination while upholding freedom and equal rights in order to promote the effective functioning of an open, pluralistic and democratic society.

As part of The Sapling Project's Confronting Intolerance Series, Rabbi Saperstein and Rev. Canon White spoke with Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, about religious tolerance in the world today. Entitled "Individual Responsibility in Confronting Intolerance," the conversation was a timely topic given that the Pew Research Center recently reported that the share of countries with a high or very high level of social hostilities involving religion reached a six-year peak in 2012.

The awards were sponsored by The Netherlands Embassy together with the Anne Frank Center USA and the Anne Frank House Amsterdam, in cooperation with the Dutch Caucus, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice.

Photo Credit:Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Photo Credit:Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

(L to R) Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, Chair, US Commission on International Religious Freedom; The Reverend Dr. Canon Andrew White; Ambassador Rudolf Bekink; Rabbi David Nathan Saperstein; Yvonne Simons, Executive Director of The Anne Frank Center USA

(L to R) The Reverend Dr. Canon Andrew White; Rabbi David Nathan Saperstein; Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, Chair, US Commission on International Religious Freedom