Boise & Garden City

Anne Frank sapling — descendant of her famous tree in Amsterdam — finds a home in Boise

The Wassmuth Center for Human Rights held a public dedication ceremony Wednesday at the Anne Frank Memorial in Downtown Boise to celebrate the chestnut tree sapling. The memorial is one of just 11 sites in the U.S. to receive a sapling from the tree Frank praised in her diary.

A large crowd attended the noon ceremony, including representatives from the Anne Frank Center in New York City. Boise Mayor Dave Bieter called the Anne Frank Memorial “hallowed ground.”

The selection of the May 13 date to celebrate the sapling is significant. On May 13, 1944, three months before Nazis captured Frank and her family in their Amsterdam hiding place, Frank wrote about the tree in her diary.

“Our chestnut tree is in full bloom. It is covered with leaves and is even more beautiful than last year.”

The famous tree in Amsterdam is no longer standing. It toppled in a wind storm in 2010.

After it fell, the Anne Frank Center received 11 saplings to donate to educational organizations across the U.S. Sites include Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas, an early school integration site, the Holocaust Memorial Center in Michigan, and Liberty Park in New York City commemorating 9/11.