An organisation based in New York calling itself the Anne Frank Center is apparently not quite as it’s name suggests:
The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, known until about a year ago as the Anne Frank Center USA, is a small organization of about nine staffers. It is independent from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, which memorializes Anne’s hiding place, and is not connected at all to the Anne Frank Fonds, the Swiss organization that owns the rights to Anne’s diary.
The Anne Frank Center has reliably been willing to criticize the Trump administration in more aggressive and hyperbolic terms than any of these well-established groups, and media outlets have credulously rewarded it with extensive coverage.
With just its famous name and a savvy social-media strategy, the Anne Frank Center has transformed into a putative authority on anti-Semitism and American politics. But it’s not at all clear the organization speaks for anybody other than its own leaders—not Holocaust scholars, Anne Frank’s family, or the Jewish community.
In other words, it’s a political lobby group masquerading as a benevolent organisation under a highly misleading name.
This is more common than you think, and the only surprise (or not, given the state of our media) is that these fraudsters are not called out more often. In Britain we have the wonderfully named Oxford Committee for Famine Relief (OXFAM) which appears to exist primarily to agitate for redistributive policies at home rather than alleviate hunger abroad. The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) seems only concerned that western, liberal democracies have nuclear weapons; communist and other oppressive regimes get a free pass. I could go on.
The sooner these organisations are stripped of their charitable status and treated the same as every other special interest political lobby group, the better.