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Saplings From Anne Frank's Tree Will Soon Grow in the U.S.

By October 22, 2009

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Confined to small, cramped quarters while hiding from the Nazis, Anne Frank's only experience of the outdoors for more than two years was a view from a single window. In her diary, Anne made several references to a chestnut tree that stood just outside.

That chestnut tree, now about 150 to 200 years old, has recently been attacked by a fungus and is expected to only live for another five to fifteen years before it succumbs to the deadly fungus.

To keep the spirit of the tree alive, saplings have been grown from the tree and will be planted at 11 sites in the United States. Institutions that wanted one of the saplings had to apply to the Anne Frank Center USA. Out of 34 applications, 11 have been chosen. Here is a list of the 11 locations who will each receive a sampling.

  1. World Trade Center
  2. Little Rock Central High School (place of the Little Rock Nine)
  3. White House
  4. Boston Common
  5. Children's Museum of Indianapolis
  6. Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan
  7. Holocaust Education Resource Center in Seattle
  8. William J. Clinton Foundation in Little Rock
  9. Boise, Idaho (where an Anne Frank monument was vandalized)
  10. Sonoma State University in California
  11. Southern Cayuga Central School District in upstate New York
The saplings are expected to be shipped to the U.S. this year but then will have to wait two years in quarantine before they can be delivered and planted.


October 28, 2009 at 1:41 pm
(1) Sandi Johnson says:

I think that is very cool. It is my favorite story about Anne Frank. It is so sad. It chills you to the bone. But I never thought that the murder of my only son Hank Alan Johnson would be part of murderers of such racism like my son’s murder in Hearne Texas. “American Violet” came out on DVD and I wish I would have known sooner than last year that my son would end up in a place filled with Hate. The DA John Paschall’s brother in law is in my son’s police report and happens to be John Paschall who the movie parrallels in the town of Hearne. As I am a writer and my son was a writer and the tragic end of my son afer 25 years in our puppet show that mirrors our many children books. It is unbelievable to me that this could happen in this day and age. Still goes on today. So if a tree is grown for Anne I commend you for spreading the story. It is a noble one.

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