When Anne Frank was in hiding for just over two years in Amsterdam during WWII, she took delight in a chestnut tree outside her window. Such an image represented a symbol of hope for her. Now, saplings from that very tree will be distributed to 11 locations as part of an iniative preserving Frank’s legacy as well as promoting tolerance.
According to Haaretz via the Associated Press, sapling taken from the tree’s seeds will be planted this month. The Anne Frank Center USA picked 11 U.S. locations, including a park memorializing September 11 victims in New York City. Additional states receiving a sapling include Indiana, Massachusetts, and California.
"We know that the tree was a sign of hope of Anne Frank who was unable to leave her living quarters," said Yvonne Simons, executive director of The Anne Frank Center USA. "She wrote about it in a diary. For us, the tree portrays a symbolism of hope and growth and renewal."
"The heart of our mission is tolerance. … Tolerance is really essential for being able to bring better welfare to everybody," said center spokesman Mike Clary.
What a wonderful way to pay tribute to Anne Frank!