Anne Frank inspired our class because even in bad times she found ways to be happy. She had nice thoughts and the chestnut tree gave her hope. Even when her family was arrested, she still saw the good in people. She reminds us to be happy even when times are hard.

-Mrs. Verma's Class, Georgia

About the Sapling Project Virtual Tree


Anne Frank drew solace and inspiration from looking out the attic window at the chestnut tree growing behind the Secret Annex. Share your voice alongside Anne’s by leaving a leaf here on the Sapling Project Virtual Tree.

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Class 6B - Pelsall, Alabama

Never give up hope.

-October 12, 2016

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Rebecca - Juneau, Alaska

Anne believed that “in spite of everything, people are truly good at heart.” The programs and exhibits at the Center reinforce Anne’s optimistic words, reminding us that in combating prejudice and intolerance, we are demanding a world dedicated to justice, compassion and equality.

-April 28, 2014

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ca - , Alaska

-February 24, 2016

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Matthew Y - Camarillo, Alaska

That chestnut tree was a source of hope and inspiration during those hard times of persecution. Anne sees the beauty of the world, despise the evils that are being committed across Europe. In a dark and hopeless time, she sees a source of light and joy, even if it's merely a chestnut tree.

-January 31, 2017

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Carder Kirkpatrick - California, Arizona

Every time i see this chest nut tree it gives me hope that Anne cared about everything she could care about

-March 4, 2016

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UIE 1 - MOUTN, Arkansas

soon sad

-November 9, 2016

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UIE 1 - , Arkansas

THIS STORY MAKES MY WANT TO CRY

-November 9, 2016

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Kathy - Sacramento, California

My favorite moments at the Center involve watching schoolchildren as they listen to remarks from one of our Holocaust survivors. Boisterous moments before, these children are mesmerized as the volunteer relates her personal story of survival. You can hear a pin drop!

-April 28, 2014

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Jackie Marshall - Ridgecrest, California

I would like to visit some of these places the off spring of this "tree" is in California!

-May 1, 2014

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Tamara Van Hecke - Fremont, California

What I connect with Anne's Chestnut Tree is life, particularly, Anne's life. Her words, her spirit, her writing all seem a part of her tree. To draw inspiration and strength from nature, from Anne's tree, is to get in touch with Nature and God and ones true inner self. Knowing Anne was able to obtain all that from just gazing at an unassuming tree...it's something that can't be put into words. Closed up for more than two years, in fear and constant worry, she looked at her tree and was able to feel life and freedom while hidden and trapped away from living her young life. Her tree and the saplings scattered through the world bring inspiration and strength where ever they are planted. I had the opportunity to visit a sapling in Napa and got to feel its little leaves and felt Anne's spirit and love for life in it...words can't describe how much inspiration Anne brought to not only myself, but the world, and it's such a sweet thought to know, part of her inspiration came from a simple chestnut tree...

-May 21, 2014

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