Anne Frank Tree Being Planted on Capitol Lawn

Sapling from original will grow there

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Apr 9, 2014 3:44 PM CDT

(Newser) – A sapling grown from the chestnut tree that gave Anne Frank solace while hiding from the Nazis will be planted on the lawn of the US Capitol, reports AFP. The original tree collapsed in 2010 in Amsterdam, but it lives on in offshoots like the one that will be planted in DC on April 30. The National Journal notes a passage from Frank's diary in February 1944: ("We) 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." Frank would be captured about six months later and taken to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where she died at age 15.

In this 2007 photo, the chestnut tree that comforted Anne Frank while she hid from the Nazis is seen from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.
In this 2007 photo, the chestnut tree that comforted Anne Frank while she hid from the Nazis is seen from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.   (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
An undated photo of Anne Frank.
An undated photo of Anne Frank.   (AP Photo, File)
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