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April 30th, 2010
10:54 AM ET

Anne Frank's tree, now dying, still inspires hope and new life

This is a story about a girl and her tree - a tree that helped keep hope alive, even as the world closed in on her.

Three times in Anne Frank's widely read diary, the young Holocaust victim wrote about a tree. She could see it from the attic window of the secret annex where her family hid for two years before being betrayed.

The tree that reminded Frank of the promise of life still looms high above the courtyard behind the Anne Frank House, now a museum in Amsterdam. But at about 170 years of age, Anne Frank's tree is dying.

Frank died of typhus in Bergen-Belsen just weeks before the Nazi concentration camp was liberated in 1945. But her name, story and message live on through her diary and, also, through her ailing tree.

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- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: Culture & Science • Judaism

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  1. Serge Heidbuurt

    It's a shame that her three is finally dead.
    The tree just died after a storm in Amsterdam this morning 23/8/2010!!

    August 23, 2010 at 10:16 am |
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