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Anne Frank

Anne Frank and her family were arrested 75 years ago on August 4, 2019. The Frank family was transported to Auschwitz in September, 1944. Anne and her sister were then sent to Bergen-Belsen where they died.

Currently at the Museum of Jewish Heritage is an exhibition called Auschwitz that includes ten items from the Anne Frank House collection, including the handle pictured above, used to open the revolving bookcase that concealed the entrance to the secret annex where the family hid.

While in hiding on Prinsengracht in Amsterdam, Anne wrote several times of the chestnut tree she could see from the secret annex. On February 23, 1944, she wrote, "The two of us looked out at the blue sky, the bare chestnut tree glistening with dew…and we were so moved and entranced that we couldn't speak."

Before the old chestnut tree died in 2010, the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam created saplings to distribute around the world. The Sapling Project of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect has sent a number of these saplings to sites around the country. In New York, one of the saplings was planted in Liberty Park at the World Trade Center on June 12, 2017.

Another was planted at the U.N. on June 12, 2019, which would have been Anne Frank's 90th birthday.


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