Few names in the course of human history elicit emotions of strength and hope, the promise of tomorrow, like that of Anne Frank. The Amsterdam home where she and seven others survived for two years, hiding from the Nazis, is as emotional and inspirational a destination as any I’ve ever visited in this world.
When I visited her home in Amsterdam, the big horse chestnut tree that Anne wrote about in her diary was still living. It died a few years ago in a wind storm, but before it did, museum officials procured 11 little saplings that now grow in U.S. soil.
Where to See Anne Frank’s Tree
One of my favorite places in the Midwest – the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – honors Anne Frank in a permanent exhibit called “The Power of Children.” And another little sapling is planted at Central High School in Little Rock Arkansas. Talk about a place that was once filled with so much hatred. The tree should flourish here. To find a tree in places you may be visiting, just click here.
The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect in New York hosts numerous traveling exhibits around the world at any given time. Seek them out and then look into yourself for the opportunity to spread the promise of hope and tomorrow, as Anne Frank did.