Anne Frank Youth Network

Your voice against discrimination, prejudice and racism  

A global network of youth taking action  


Are you between 16 and 26 years old and do you want to make an impact both locally and globally? Do you want to raise awareness of the dangers of prejudice, discrimination, racism and anti-Semitism? Join the Anne Frank Youth Network. 

The Anne Frank Youth Network is a growing global network built on volunteering, which exists to actively engage and support you in the work you find important. Inspired by Anne Frank’s diary and her lifestory, all activities aim to raise awareness, increase active citizenship, foster dialogue and democratic values today. You will act as a peer educator; this is when youth teach other youth. Together you will make a positive contribution to society! 


We provide you with the tools necessary to take action and make a difference. 


AFYN to me is a place of great opportunities and inspiration and people who are passionate about their work. My motivation to be a part of it is feeling the need to share important information with others.  

Anička, Náchod  


What will I learn? 

Being a member of the Anne Frank Youth Network allows you to not only learn about history and its relevance for today, but to also, 

  • Learn new skills such as project managment and teamwork 
  • Challenge discrimination, racism and prejudice through activities and trainings 
  • Have an impact on your local community by creating and executing your own educational activities 
  • Arrange social media campaigns to create engagement among your peers 
  • Be part of a growing global community 


I joined the Anne Frank Youth Network to learn more about issues close to my heart - Anne Frank, the Holocaust, democracy, and human rights in general. Since the beginning of November, the whole project has brought me a lot of great experiences and learning - whether it's connecting with young people all over Europe, communicating in English or preparing and leading workshops for primary school.  

Antonie, Nymburk  


How can I get involved?  

If you are interested in becoming part of the Anne Frank Youth Network in the Czech Republic, please do not hesitate to contact us. Send us an email to the coordinator - Thomas Elmecker - or post on our social media - Instagram and Facebook.  

We can provide you with further information, connect you with other interested young people from the Czech Republic and participants from previous years.  

You can also find more information on the official website of the Anne Frank Youth Network and on their social media.  


What's next?  

After completing your first activity in your own country you will then get the opportunity to participate in a two day national training. You will learn to teach about the importance of the stories of WWII and the Holocaust. Together we explore why these stories are still relevant today, by discussing identity, prejudice, discrimination and democracy. Together with other peer educators you will get to organise your very own project.

AFYN means new opportunities for me and my future. Thanks to AFYN, I am overcoming my fear of speaking in front of many people and I even enjoy it. I really hope that I will be able to do even more in the future.

Kája, Nymburk


Want to do even more?  

Once you have completed the two day course and your own project you will stay involved with the Anne Frank Youth Network. You will get the opportunity to mentor new members and independently organise more educational projects. Furthermore you will get access to further experiential and learning opportunities, such as internships at the Anne Frank House and partner organisations.   


We look forward to hearing your ideas and suggestions.




2. 7. 2024

The last two days of this June were dedicated to the project of rescuing and revitalizing the original textile factory of the Löw-Beer family in Brno, known from the story of Oskar Schindler and his wife Emilie, who saved more than 1300 Jews during the Holocaust. A museum and an educational programme centre will be built in the former factory.

28. 6. 2024

On Thursday, 27 June 2024, we gathered at the Academia Literary Café for the launch of Tomáš Kraus' book, which bears witness to our recent past. The book is about life in socialist Czechoslovakia in the second half of the 20th century from the perspective of someone whose parents both survived the Holocaust. What was the cultural and social scene like then?

Many guests attended the launch, including Jiří Drahoš, First Deputy President of the Senate of the Czech Republic, and Tomáš Töpfer, actor, director, scriptwriter, former theatre director and senator.

The book is available in bookstores and online.


26. 6. 2024

June 28th marks 56 years since the Stonewall Riots. Since 1970, June has been celebrated as Pride Month, and serves to support and celebrate queer folks. It commemorates the riot, which took place in the US, and was a pivotal moment in LGBTQ+ rights movement. It’s a time for remembrance and celebration, and a reminder of the ongoing fight against discrimination and the need for continued progress toward full equality.

At Terezin Initiative Institute, our mission is to remember Holocaust victims, research contemporary documents to return victims their faces and stories, and to leverage the knowledge and understanding acquired to promote tolerance, equality, and help maintain a pluralistic society through education.

26. 6. 2024

Tomáš Kraus, director of the Terezín Initiative Institute, will launch his book, Next, Please. The literary event will take place on Thursday, 27 June 2024 at 5 pm at the Academia Literary Café, 24 Václavské náměstí, Prague 1.
Tomáš Kraus' book is a testimony to our recent past. What was life like in socialist Czechoslovakia in the second half of the 20th century from the perspective of someone whose parents both survived the Holocaust? What was the cultural and social scene like then?

You are all cordially invited.


25. 6. 2024

On 16 June, a lecture by T. Kraus on the history of the Holocaust was held at the TII. The students of the Wilhelm Ostwald Gymnasium in Leipzig learned, among other things, about the project of the Arks Foundation, which is reconstructing a former textile factory in Brno into the Oskar Schindler Museum, a museum of the original owners, the Löw-Beer family and a meeting place. An insightful presentation was given by Daniel Löw-Beer, Chairman of the Board of the Arks Foundation, who coincidentally was in Prague at the time for a meeting.


25. 6. 2024

Yesterday, 24 June, JUDr. Tomáš Kraus, Director of the Terezín Initiative Institute, gave a lecture introducing Jewish personalities.

21. 6. 2024

And I'll take my mom's hand, smile at her and say:
"We'll get through this, won't we, my dear mom!"