As Anne wrote about her own hopes and dreamed of a better future, she often looked out upon a large horse chestnut tree in the garden behind the Secret Annex. For her, the tree symbolized freedom as well as nature, which she longed to enjoy once again.


Sadly, the aging chestnut tree behind the Secret Annex collapsed from disease in 2010. However, in the few years before the tree’s demise, the stewards at the Anne Frank House wisely created saplings that have since been distributed to numerous locations around the world.

Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect has received several of the saplings to donate to worthy educational organizations across the US. Following a three-year safeguard quarantine, they were cleared for planting in January 2013.  Currently there are a dozen sites that host the saplings.

The following organizations are the recipients of Anne Frank Tree saplings.

  • U.S. Capitol, West Front Lawn,  Washington, D.C.

  • The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Sonoma State University, California

  • Southern Cayuga School District, New York

  • Washington State Holocaust Resource Center, Seattle 

  • Boston Common, Massachusetts

  • Central High School, Arkansas

  • Holocaust Memorial Center, Michigan

  • Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, Idaho

  • William J. Clinton Presidential Center, Arkansas

  • Liberty Park, Commemorating 9/11, New York City

If your local community, historical site, or educational institution would like to be considered as a future site for an Anne Frank garden or sapling, please contact the Anne Frank Center at with your preliminary proposal or submit the form below.

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The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect preserves the legacy of the young diarist through education and arts programming. We work to create the kinder and fairer world of which Anne Frank dreamed.

The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Please support us to help us continue our mission. Contributions to the organization are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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All quotations from Anne Frank and photos of the Frank family are used by permission and copyright ANNE FRANK FONDS Basel, Switzerland.