Few names in the course of human history elicit emotions of strength and hope for 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 first visited her home in Amsterdam, the big horse chestnut tree that Anne wrote about 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.
“From my favorite spot on the floor I look up at the blue sky and the bare chestnut tree, on whose branches little raindrops shine, appearing like silver, and at the seagulls and other birds as they glide on the wind. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be.” – February 23, 1944
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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.” Her tree grows there.
Another little sapling stands 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 Respectin New York hosts numerous traveling exhibits around the world at any given time. Seek them out. Then look into yourself for the opportunity to spread the promise of hope and tomorrow, as Anne Frank did.
Have you Read Anne Frank’s Diary?