(NEW YORK) — Saplings from the chestnut tree that gave famous Holocaust victim Anne Frank hope while she was hiding from Nazis in World War II are going to be planted across the United States.
Anne Frank wrote about the tree in her famous diary. When she and her family were hiding in a secret annex for almost two years, glances of the tree outside every morning were one of her few connections to the outside world.
The original tree collapsed in 2010 – 65 years after Frank died in a concentration camp, but not before it produced several saplings. Now 11 of these are going to be planted in various significant spots in the United States to help preserve Anne Frank’s legacy and promote tolerance.
Among the locations that will be getting an Anne Frank chestnut tree are New York’s 9/11 memorial and Little Rock Central High School, which played an important part in the civil rights movement.
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