Previously published in Examiner
Conclusion of the Anne Frank series
The chestnut tree and its saplings
One of the most delightful legacies that Anne Frank left to us was writing about the now famous chestnut tree that she loved so much during her captivity in her father’s office building. She wrote, “As long as it exists, I cannot be unhappy.”
Unfortunately, the chestnut tree was destroyed during a storm in Amsterdam, but saplings of the tree were preserved and sent to various countries. Montreal is fortunate enough to be the only Canadian city to receive a sapling of this world famous chestnut tree.
Montreal was bestowed this honor of having a sapling because it received the third largest number of Nazi Germany Holocaust survivors. Israel and New York City are the only places who took in more survivors. Montreal is the only Canadian city to receive a sapling.
Susyn Borer, the Montreal Holocaust memorial centre’s president says,“For us it’s a culmination of all the good work that she was able to do in spite of not living, in spite of her death… .All that good work is represented in this tiny tree.”
Her book, her lagacy to the world might be lost forever, because of a book banning, but her tree will survive and live in Montreal as a testiment to her very short life.
The Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
5151, chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine
H3W 1M6 Canada
Fax : 514-344-2651
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Website : www.mhmc.ca