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First Interstate Bank donates $5,000 to the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights

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Posted at 12:08 PM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 14:21:21-05

BOISE, Idaho — First Interstate Bank representatives donated $5,000 to the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights in support of the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial. The memorial was vandalized in December with swastika stickers that had the words 'we are everywhere' printed on them.

The community responded by leaving flowers and positive messages.

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“The Wassmuth Center is so grateful for First Interstate Bank’s support,” said Dan Prinzing, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Wassmuth Center. “While the recent vandalism of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial hit a national nerve, the community’s response and messages of kindness and compassion are a testament to Anne Frank’s hope for humanity – ‘I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.’”

The memorial inspires people of all ages to contemplate the moral implications of their actions and the scope of their civic responsibilities.

“We at First Interstate Bank were saddened by the recent vandalism of the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial in Downtown Boise, but we are proud to join many local organizations and residents in a demonstration of support of the Memorial and its message of tolerance and hope,” said Jeff Huhn, Southern Idaho Market President.

The Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial was dedicated to the public in 2002 and was built by the Wassmuth Center. The memorial is located near the downtown Boise Library off the Greenbelt.