updated 4/25/2011 12:17:20 PM ET 2011-04-25T16:17:20

NEW YORK, April 25, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Anne Frank Center USA, a partner organization of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, announced today that it has signed a lease for a 2,500 square foot ground floor space at 100 Church Street with SL Green Realty Corp. The not-for-profit Anne Frank Center was founded in 1977 by Otto Frank, Anne Frank's father, and promotes the universal message of tolerance by developing and disseminating an array of educational programs including exhibitions, workshops, and special events.

The new space will allow the Center to display its existing Anne Frank exhibit that includes a representation of the Dutch teenager's bedroom, host student groups and the general public for lectures by Holocaust survivors, and other public programs.

The new location is also part of the growing cultural hub in Lower Manhattan, and only a short walk from the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, which will be the recipient of a tree sapling grown in Anne Frank's backyard in Amsterdam. Both museums share a common mission—to educate the public about the continuing danger of intolerance and hate while underscoring the need for remembrance.

"The Anne Frank Center USA's new home presents an unparalleled opportunity to showcase our mission and offer innovative educational programs in Lower Manhattan, thus adding another destination in an area with significant tourism," said Yvonne Simons, Executive Director of the Anne Frank Center USA. "The move to an area rich with like-minded cultural and educational institutions will better enable the Anne Frank Center to promote its message of tolerance and inclusion to a larger and more diverse audience."

The Anne Frank Center was represented in this transaction by non-profit brokerage specialist S. Sunshine Associates. SL Green was represented by Robert K. Futterman & Associates.

The Anne Frank Center will reopen in September 2011.

ABOUT THE ANNE FRANK CENTER USA

The Anne Frank Center USA, a partner organization of the Anne Frank House, uses the diary and spirit of Anne Frank as unique tools to advance her legacy, to educate young people and communities about the consequences of intolerance, racism and discrimination, and to inspire the next generation to build a world based on mutual respect. The Center fulfills its mission through the North American Traveling Exhibition Program, the Exhibition and Education Center in New York City, the Annual Spirit of Anne Frank Awards, and through the development of educational materials and programs for teachers and students.

The Anne Frank Center USA was founded in 1977, and is a non-sectarian, educational organization that is not-for-profit under the Internal Revenue Code Section {501 (c) (3)}.

CONTACT: Yvonne Simons
         (212) 431-7993 ext. 301
         ysimons@annefrank.com

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