Friday, September 24, 2010

The Chestnut tree behind 263-265 Prinsengracht

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

This past August 23rd, 5 days after our family visited the Annex in Amsterdam where the Frank family hid for two years, the chestnut tree that Anne could see from her window and symbolized hope and the possibility of new beginnings, fell down.
Now a sapling grown from the tree is coming to Montreal to be planted outside our city's Holocaust Memorial Centre, at a ceremony this coming Monday, September 27th at 5:30. What an inspired and inspiring event. Eleven other saplings from the tree will be planted in the US. Still, one wonders why saplings have not been grown for decades and planted all around the world.

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