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Human rights group legacy garden to honor Boise resident, Holocaust survivor

Human rights group legacy garden to honor Boise resident, Holocaust survivor

By On Your Side Newsroom. CREATED Jun 11, 2014

When Adolf Hitler rose to power in Nazi Germany, Rose Beal and her family spent three years trying to escape the country. In 1939, the family finally arrived in New York. Ninety-two year old Rose Beal has been sharing her story of survival in Idaho classrooms and communities recounting the horror that so many endured.

It is a story that both informs and inspires.

“In the process, Rose has become a beacon of hope for all survivors. It is only fitting that Idaho recognize her with a tribute to her character,” said Dr. Daniel Prinzing of the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights.

The recently-renamed, Wassmuth Center for Human Rights (home of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial) will be holding their 11th annual Change the World Celebration, Thursday evening.

The goal this year is to raise $75,000 to erect the permanent legacy garden that will challenge visitors to remember the past -- and live one of Rose's favorite quotes in the Memorial, " Make injustice visible." (Mahatma Gandhi)

The garden will include a perimeter planting of the Anne Frank rose, an audio box with four tracks narrated by Rose Beal, kiosk signage with the "Rose Beal Story,” dedicated bench and pavers, iron fencing , architectural portals to frame the Anne Frank chestnut sapling, and ground plantings to mirror the Amsterdam garden in which Anne's chestnut tree once stood.

For those not able to attend the event donations can be made to the Rose Beal Legacy Garden by contacting the Center for Human Rights at 777 S. 8th Street, Boise, Idaho 83702 -- or online at http://www.razoo.com/story/Ihrec