THE TREE OF LIFE

A young girl loves looking at her favorite tree. She does not stand under it and she has never climbed this tall chestnut tree. She looks at it every day from her window.  

“From my favorite spot on the floor I look up at the blue sky and the bare chestnut tree, on whose branches little raindrops shine, appearing like silver, and at the sea gulls and other birds as they glide on the wind.”  These words were written in a diary. Anne Frank saw this tree while she was in hiding and she must have treasured the view.

In 2010, this 170 year old tree blew down. But in 2009, cuttings were taken from the tree and kept in quarantine in the United States for three years (this was in accordance with the customs regulations). The Anne Frank Center in New York was in charge of distributing the saplings. Thirty four organizations applied for the saplings, but only eleven could be chosen.

These saplings will have a new life across the United States. I am providing the full list of where the saplings will be planted, but I will just mention a few of the sites. One will go to the Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. On the 56th anniversary of the day a group of black students faced an angry mob in order to attend school, they will plant the sapling. One will be planted at the White House.  And one will be at the new memorial at Liberty Park in New York City for the victims of September 11.

The words and thoughts of Anne Frank are still read every day. Somewhere in the world, someone is reading her diary. People are just meeting this remarkable young woman through her diary, something that she never thought would happen. A young girl writes in a diary for herself, not for anyone else. And yet, her private thoughts have been read by millions. Now, her beloved tree will travel to a country that Anne only dreamed about. Anne loved Hollywood movies and now a part of her will be in America. Please tell somebody this story. Share the story of Anne and hopefully you will be able to visit one of these places and honor this young girl. 

11 organizations participating in the Anne Frank Center USA Sapling Project:

  • Boston Common – Massachusetts
  • Central High School – Arkansas
  • The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – Indiana
  • William J. Clinton Presidential Center – Arkansas
  • Holocaust Memorial Center – Michigan
  • Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial – Idaho
  • Liberty Park, Commemorating 911—New York City
  • Sonoma State University – California
  • Southern Cayuga School District – New York
  • Washington State Holocaust Resource Center – Washington
  • The White House – Washington, D.C. – TBD

Anne Frank boom Amsterdam

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Comments

  • krunn7  On March 24, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    What a wonderful idea. I was very moved when I read her diary 55 years ago. I bought it in a drugstore when I was just a teenager and could really identify with her struggles.

  • Aledys Ver  On March 25, 2013 at 10:07 am

    That is a beautiful, beautiful initiative!

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