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Sapling of chestnut tree Anne Frank gazed at from window planted in Seattle - May 11, 2016

SEATTLE - Anne Frank lived in hiding, in the annex of an Amsterdam apartment, during Nazi occupation when she was a child. The white horse chestnut tree, weakened by disease, succumbed to a 2010 windstorm in the Netherlands. It was over 170 years old, according to The Sapling Project.

The Anne Frank House, with permission from the tree's owner, gathered chestnuts from the dying tree and germinated them, intending to donate resultant saplings.

One of its saplings was planted in January in Seattle in Frank’s honor.

The Holocaust Center for Humanity in Belltown was one of 11 sites in the country selected to receive a sapling from the historic tree.
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Former President Clinton speaks at opening of new exhibitr - October 2, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Former President Bill Clinton recognized on Friday the importance of teaching new generations about human rights and past injustices as part of the new exhibit honoring Anne Frank at the Clinton Presidential Library.

The former president helped present a sapling from the tree of where Anne Frank's family hid from the Nazis during World War II that will be planted outside the Clinton Library. It represents freedom and links it to history here in Arkansas.

The reason for doing this was simple, "To keep the story and lessons of Anne Frank's life alive," said Clinton.
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The Anne Frank Tree Exhibit at the Presidential Clinton Center - October 2, 2015

A grand opening of a tree that gave Anne Frank comfort when she and her family hid from the Nazi's during world war-two will be installed at the Clinton Presidential Center. Ronald Leopold Executive Director of the Anne Frank House and Jordan Johnson of the Clinton Foundation talk more about the new exhibit. See the full story
President Clinton Dedicates Anne Frank Tree Installation at the Clinton Presidential Center as Part of the Anne Frank Center's Sapling Project - October 2, 2015

President Bill Clinton joined nearly 1,000 guests – including 700 school children, family members of Holocaust survivors, members of the Quapaw Tribe, Japanese-Americans who were interned during World War II, and relatives of the Little Rock Nine - who gathered on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, to celebrate the opening of the Center’s newest permanent installation, The Anne Frank Tree. See the full story
Clinton Center to open Anne Frank installation on human rights - September 23, 2015

A permanent installation honoring Anne Frank will open in October on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock.

The installation, which will open Oct. 2, consists of five framed, etched glass panels "arranged to evoke the feeling of being inside a room" that are surrounded by landscaping, according to a statement. See the full story
Clinton Presidential Center to Open New Permanent Installation in October - September 17, 2015

The Clinton Foundation and the Sisterhood of Congregation B’nai Israel, in conjunction with the Anne Frank Center USA, have joined together to create a new powerful exhibit, The Anne Frank Tree, which will be located on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Park. The permanent installation, which will surround the Anne Frank Tree sapling, will open Friday, October 2, 2015.

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'Anne Frank Tree' installation coming to Clinton Center - September 17, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A new exhibit is coming to the Clinton Presidential Center next month.

Officials will plant a sapling from the chestnut tree that stood outside Anne Frank's Secret Annex. While she was trapped, her one connection to the natural world was a chestnut tree that she could see from the attic window. "As long as this exists," she wrote in her famous diary in 1944, "how can I be sad?" See the full story
Tree dedication at Anne Frank Memorial to inspire tolerance, freedom - May 14, 2015

"We use the diary and the spirit of Anne Frank as unique tools to advance her legacy," Dr. Rebecca Faulkner with the Anne Frank Center said. "To educate people and communities across the united states about the dangers of intolerance, anti-semitism, racism, and discrimination in all its forms." See the full story
Anne Frank sapling dedication - May 13, 2015

Rebecca Faulkner, from the Anne Frank Center USA, speaks during the dedication of chestnut tree sapling in the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial  See the full story
Anne Frank exhibition inspires a panel at the Koubek Center - March 19, 2015

Anne Frank: A History for Today is a traveling exhibition about the too-short life of the Dutch teen whose dreams and courage during World War II inspired generations.

One facet of the exhibition, which is aimed at illustrating the dangerous consequences of intolerance, details the failed attempts of patriarch Otto Frank — the only one to survive the war — to get his family to safety in the United States or Cuba. On Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Confronting Intolerance Today, a panel discussion on discrimination and immigration reform, will take place at the Koubek, 2705 SW Third St., Miami. See the full story
Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial selected as planting site for Boise Anne Frank sapling - August 20, 2014

Less than six months before her capture by the Gestapo, Anne Frank shared a moment in reverie with her friend Peter, gazing out the back window of the secret annex

The chestnut tree that Frank wrote of outlived her by over 50 years. The 170-year-old tree, weakened by disease, toppled in a windstorm in 2010. However, it continues to carry Frank’s iconic message of hope all over the world: from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam to the banks of the Boise River. See the full story
Legacy of Anne Frank celebrated at Southern Cayuga Central School - June 13, 2014

The school district recently marked the one year anniversary of the planting of a chestnut sapling there that came from the tree that was seen by Frank from the attic window where her and her family hid from the Nazis during the Holocaust in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Festivities at the school Thursday included original Polish music by the Klezmer Kings, the annual Make a Difference Award, a Holocaust museum exhibit, and guest speaker Rhonda Fink-Whitman, a Holocaust education advocate and author of "94 Maidens." See the full story
Southern Cayuga Schools to honor Anne Frank - June 6, 2014

Children in the Southern Cayuga Central School District plan to dance to music, celebrate art and honor the memory of Anne Frank.

The school district was one of 11 U.S. sites to nurture an Anne Frank horse chestnut sapling, which is now in full-leaf, that was planted in June 2013.

In celebration of the tree's one-year anniversary an evening of events is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12, which is also the birthday of Anne Frank, in the auditorium at SCCS on Route 34B in Poplar Ridge, N.Y. See the full story
Sapling From Anne Frank Tree Planted On Capitol Grounds - May 4, 2014

A sapling honoring Holocaust victims and survivors is now gracing the grounds of the Capitol.

If you've read the "The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank, you may remember how a Chestnut tree outside her window brought her comfort in the midst of the Holocaust. A sapling from that tree is now planted on the west front of the Capitol grounds to remind visitors here of one of the darkest moments in human history. See the full story
Lawmakers Honor Life and Legacy of Anne Frank - May 1, 2014

On the eve of Jewish Heritage Month, members of Congress gathered in the Capitol to honor the life and legacy of Anne Frank as part of Holocaust remembrance week.

Lawmakers dedicated the Anne Frank Memorial Tree Wednesday; it was planted on the West Front Lawn two weeks ago. The sapling derives from the chestnut tree that grew outside of the Dutch home where Frank and her family hid from the Nazis.

“From my favorite spot on the floor I look up at the blue sky and the bare chestnut tree,” Frank wrote in her diary. “I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.” See the full story
Anne Frank tree sapling planted at Capitol as ‘living testament’ - May 1, 2014

A sapling taken from the tree that grew outside the attic where teen Holocaust diarist Anne Frank was hidden was planted at the U.S. Capitol.

Congressmen from both sides of the aisle, as well as Holocaust survivors and Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans gathered to plant the small chestnut tree on the Capitol’s west front lawn, AFP reported.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who is Jewish, read the “Shehecheyanu” prayer, recited on special occasions. See the full story
Lawmakers Honor Life and Legacy of Anne Frank - May 1, 2014

(JTA) — A sapling taken from the tree that grew outside the attic where teen Holocaust diarist Anne Frank was hidden was planted at the U.S. Capitol.

Congressmen and Holocaust survivors, as well as Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans, gathered to plant the small chestnut tree on the West front lawn, the French news agency AFP reported. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who is Jewish, read the Shehecheyanu prayer recited on special occasions.

“Today we dedicate this tree as a living testament to the memory of Anne Frank, a young woman of grand pleasantry and gifted insight, but who knew no peace,” Cantor said. See the full story
Anne Frank Sapling Planted on Capitol Hill - May 1, 2014

Anne Frank drew hope from the white horse chestnut tree that grew outside the window of her Amsterdam home. “As long as it exists, how can I be sad?” wrote Frank, who later died in the Bergen Belsen concentration camp at age 15.

A three-foot sapling of the tree that stood outside Frank’s window was planted on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol yesterday, Religion News Service reports.

“May this tree grow to its full height, serene and bursting with life, planted in our nation’s capital,” said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., at yesterday’s ceremony, which was moved indoors due to rain.  See the full story
Anne Frank memorial tree planted at US Capitol - May 1, 2014

A sapling grown from the tree that Anne Frank wrote about while in hiding has been celebrated at the US Capitol as a "living testament" to one of the Holocaust's most cherished victims.

The small, leafy chestnut planted yesterday on the Capitol's west front lawn is a sapling grown from the original tree that entranced Frank outside the Amsterdam building where the famed diarist and her family hid from the Nazis during World War II. See the full story
Levin cuts ribbon for Anne Frank exhibit at Capitol - April 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release) – Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, on Wednesday, April 30, participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for a traveling exhibition of the Anne Frank Center, which will be on display at the Russell Senate Office Building through May 9.

Following are Levin’s remarks:

“Today we celebrate the memory of Anne Frank, who at a time of great evil carried a spark of the divine. “We celebrate those Dutch people who, when the Nazis began deporting Jews to concentration camps, rose up in brave protest, standing up for their fellow human beings at great cost...."  See the full story
Congress plants ‘Anne Frank’ sapling at U.S. Capitol - April 30, 2014

WASHINGTON — For Holocaust diarist Anne Frank, hiding from the Nazis in an Amsterdam attic, hope came in the form of a white horse chestnut tree growing outside her window.

Now a three-foot sapling grown from that same tree graces the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, a symbol, lawmakers said, of the young girl’s abiding faith in humanity. The Jewish teenager wrote about the tree, and the joy she took from it, three times in her diary, which is perhaps the world’s best-known piece of Holocaust literature.

“May this tree grow to its full height, serene and bursting with life, planted in our nation’s capital,” said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., at a Wednesday (April 30) ceremony that was moved indoors because of a steady chilling rain. See the full story
Washington - Tree Planted At US Capitol In Honor Of Anne Frank - April 30, 2014

Washington - A sapling grown from the original chestnut tree Anne Frank wrote about in her famous diary was planted in her honor at the Capitol Wednesday.

The chestnut, planted on the west lawn of the Capitol, came from the original tree Frank could see from her cramped space in Amsterdam where she was hiding for two years from the Nazis.

Republicans, Democrats, Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans and Holocaust survivors were present at the ceremony. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who is Jewish himself, recited the “Shehecheyanu,” a Hebrew prayer marking special occasions. See the full story
Anne Frank tree rises on Capitol grounds - April 30, 2014

WASHINGTON — The chestnut tree that gave solace to Anne Frank and inspiration to millions of readers of her heart-rending diary is rising again as a fragile sapling on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose South Florida constituents include Holocaust survivors, arranged with congressional leaders to bring the offshoot of the original tree to a setting meant to symbolize freedom.

Battered by storm and disease, the old tree that swayed outside Anne's hiding place from Nazi occupiers seven decades ago collapsed in 2010. But chestnuts taken from it were germinated and nursed into saplings that are being replanted this year at 11 sites across the country. See the full story
Holocaust Remembrance Day Grows Roots: Anne Frank & The Sapling Project - April 29, 2014

Looking out of the window of her secret annex, Anne Frank saw beauty in a chestnut tree as the horrors of the Holocaust were closing in on her and her family. See how saplings from that tree are helping to plants seeds of tolerance all over the world.

From her only window to the outside world, Anne Frank could see the sky, the birds, and a majestic chestnut tree. “As long as this exists,” Anne wrote in her diary, “how can I be sad?” During the two years she spent in the secret annex, the solace Anne found in her chestnut tree provided a powerful contrast to the Holocaust unfolding beyond her attic window. And as war narrowed in on Anne and her family, her tree became a vivid reminder that a better world was possible.  See the full story
Anne Frank tree sapling to grace U.S. Capitol grounds - April 27, 2014

Between the fear of discovery during the Holocaust and frustrations of hiding for two years in a cramped apartment, Anne Frank gleaned brief moments of hope from a chestnut tree outside her window.

The horse-chestnut tree was one of the few signs of the natural world to be glimpsed from the small hideout window of perhaps the most famous victim of the Nazi Holocaust. Seventy years after Frank wrote about the tree in her famous diary, a sapling from the original will be planted as a symbol of healing Wednesday on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. See the full story
Reid, Pelosi, Boehner and McConnell will plant tree together in front of Capitol - April 25, 2014

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – In front of the building where they spend most of their time warring with one another, congressional leaders will soon take the time to stop debating and honor Anne Frank by planting a tree.

On Wednesday, U.S. representatives and senators will plant a sapling from the chestnut tree that grew outside a young Frank’s Amsterdam Annex window on the west front lawn of the U.S. See the full story
Sapling from Anne Frank’s “bare chestnut tree” coming to the Capitol - April 9, 2014

Congressional leaders will plant an Anne Frank Memorial Tree on the U.S. Capitol’s west front lawn April 30.

The sapling was taken from a chestnut tree that stood outside the Amsterdam annex where Anne Frank and her family hid during World War II. See the full story
Offspring of Actual Tree From Anne Frank's Hiding Place Will Be Planted at the Capitol - April 9, 2014

The Capitol will soon be home to the offspring of the very chestnut tree that grew outside of the secret annex where Anne Frank and her family were sheltered during World War II.

Members of Congress will gather at the end of the month to plant the sapling, one of about 100 that were cut from the original tree in Amsterdam when it collapsed during a windstorm in 2010. The saplings have since been sent all over the world, where they are being planted in memory of the Holocaust. See the full story
Traveling exhibit features rare photos of Anne Frank and her family - April 1, 2014

Her diary is one of the most popular and well-known accounts of the Holocaust. Now, a traveling exhibit is shedding more light on the life and legacy of Anne Frank. It includes some rare photos released by relatives that haven't been on display in this way before.

The exhibit opens in Boise Tuesday, April 1. It's located at the Creative Access Art Center on 8th and Myrtle and was brought to Idaho by the Anne Frank Center based in New York. See the full story
‘Anne Frank Remembered’ screening - October 16, 2013

On Tuesday, Eastern Michigan University held a screening of the Academy Award-winning documentary “Anne Frank Remembered.”
The film serves as the conclusion to the Anne Frank Sapling Project series that has been coordinated by the Holocaust Memorial Center of Farmington Hills. The HMC has had a close partnership with EMU for six years according to Rebecca Swindler, the director of programs for the HMC. See the full story


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