This is a sad story about a girl in hiding and the tree she could see from her window which gave her hope.
Three times in Anne Frank's widely read diary, the young Holocaust victim wrote about a tree. She could see it from the attic window of the secret annex where her family hid for two years, before being betrayed.
The tree that inspired Anne Frank stood at the same place until a storm toppled it in August 2010.
In her diary Anne wrote on February 23, 1944 - "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 seagulls and other birds as they glide on the wind. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be."
The tree has actually been sick for the last 10 years.As a battle raged between city officials that wanted to cut it down and activists that insisted it stay, the Anne Frank museum began to collect chestnuts from the tree to grow seedlings, so that pieces of the original tree could take root and flourish elsewhere.
One of those saplings will now be planted at Yad Vashem, near the Children’s Memorial and International School for Holocaust Studies.
In her last note about the tree Anne Frank wrote - "Our chestnut tree is in full bloom. It’s covered with leaves and is even more beautiful than last year.” Sadly she didn't survive the holocaust to enjoy more springs. But her memory lives on through her diary and now her tree will live longer as well.
Click here to leave your leaf in Anne's tree - a leaf of goodness and hope against hate and evil.
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