Anne Frank Tree Dedication
Members dedicate a chestnut sapling to her memory
Congressional leaders dedicated a tree in memory of Holocaust victim Anne Frank, to honor her courage and inspiration to the world.
The tree, a chestnut sapling, is planted on the West Front of the Capitol, in the shadow of the Dome. It was taken from the chestnut tree that stood outside the Amsterdam annex where Frank and her family hid during World War II.
Frank described the tree in her diary, writing “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.”
Anne Frank died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Her diary was published after the war and inspired millions of readers.
The original chestnut tree collapsed in Amsterdam in 2010, but 11 saplings from it have been distributed to sites throughout the United States.
"This sapling, although tiny now, will permanently stand as a reminder of the ideals that Anne stood for and that she held dear," said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Florida), who sponsored the tree.
And House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Virginia) called the tree a “living testament to the memory of Anne Frank.”