Anne Frank Sapling Dedicated on Boston Common

Tree will be located on the Mayor's Walk.


Dignitaries from Boston and Europe attended Tuesday's dedication on Boston Common of a sapling from a tree that once stood outside the Amsterdam home of Anne Frank during the Holocaust.

Boston and 10 other communities were awarded saplings by The Anne Frank Center USA from the horse chestnut tree that stood outside the Secret Annex in Amsterdam where Frank and her family hid from the Nazis for two years.

The tree toppled over in a 2010 wind storm, and 34 organizations submitted proposals to receive one of the saplings from the tree.

According to the mayor's office, the planting is the culmination of a student project by 15-year-old Aliyah Finkel.

The planting site is on the Mayor’s Walk between the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial and the Earl of Sandwich Café.

The city said Boston’s Chief of Environment and Energy Brian Swett would join dignitaries including: Deputy Head of Mission at the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York Yvette Daoud, Anne Frank Center USA Director of Outreach and Exhibitions Hilary Eddy Stipelman, Boston Public Library President Amy E. Ryan, Finkel and Roderik Rodermond, Commercial Vice President for Air France KLM in the Americas. 

The event has been funded by Air France KLM, The Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Netherland-America Foundation.

The above pictures were furnished by Jacquelyn Goddard from the City of Boston.


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