Associated Press/Michael Conroy – In this Monday, March 18, 2013 photo, Mary Fortney, learning resource development manager at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, looks over chestnut saplings from the tree outside Anne Frank’s hiding spot in Amsterdam being cared for in the museum’s greenhouse in Indianapolis. Eleven saplings grown from seeds taken from the massive chestnut tree that stood outside the home in which Frank and her family hid are being distributed to museums, schools, parks and Holocaust remembrance centers through a project led by The Anne Frank Center USA. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
A story in this season of rebirth:
“Saplings from Anne Frank’s tree take root in US”
“Saplings from the chestnut tree that stood as a symbol of hope for Anne Frank as she hid from the Nazis for two years in Amsterdam are being distributed to 11 locations in the United States as part of a project that aims to preserve her legacy and promote tolerance.
The tree, one of the Jewish teenager’s only connections to nature while she hid with her family in a Secret Annex in her father’s company building, was diseased and rotted through the trunk when wind and heavy rain toppled it in August 2010. But saplings grown from its seeds will be planted starting in April, when the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will put the first one in the ground, ” quoting Pamela Engel for the Associated Press.