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    Anne Frank Chestnut Tree Sapling Dedication

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    Anne Frank Chestnut Tree Sapling Dedication

    May 13, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


    In late 2009, the Manhattan-based Anne Frank Center USA announced that the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial was one of only 11 sites in the United States to receive a sapling from the stately chestnut tree that stood in the back courtyard of the Amsterdam row house where Anne Frank and her family hid during the Nazi occupation.

    The tree was a source of great solace for Anne during her two years in hiding. “The two of us,” Anne wrote in her diary on February 23, 1944, “looked out at the blue sky, the bare chestnut tree glistening with dew, the seagulls and other birds glinting with silver as they swooped through the air, and we were so moved and entranced that we couldn’t speak.”

    For Anne, the tree also represented a longing for freedom. On May 13, 1944, only three months before her family was captured, Anne Frank wrote, “Our chestnut tree is in full bloom. It is covered with leaves and is even more beautiful than last year.”

    Join us for the public dedication of the planting of the Anne Frank chestnut tree sapling in the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial. Presentations by Thomas Hans Wysmuller, Board Member, and Dr. Rebecca Faulkner, Director of Public Programs, at the Anne Frank Center USA in New York; music by Rebecca Scott and Debbie Sager; reading by Rebecca Russell; refreshments.


    May 13, 2015
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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    Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial
    777 South 8th Street
    Boise, ID 83702 United States
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