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  The Anne Frank Tree at Peace Park in Seattle, WA, USA, 2016

© Gruber, Sam, Photographer: Gruber, Samuel D., 2022

Name:

Anne Frank Tree

Description:

Beside a path on the edge of the park is a chestnut tree, with a pair of boulders beside it on the ground. The boulders are smoothed on their sides facing the path, and are inscribed; one with text explains the tree, the other with an inspirational quote from Anne Frank’s Diary.

Inscriptions

On the Left Boulder:

While in hiding during the

Holocaust, Anne Frank was

inspired by the tree outside her

window, from which this chestnut

 tree was grown. Dedicated to the

City of Seattle by the Holocaust

Center for Humanity, 2016.

 

On the Right Boulder:

How wonderful it is that

nobody need wait a single

moment before starting

to improve the world

 Anne Frank (1929-1945)

Commissioned by

The Holocaust Center for Humanity

City of Seattle Parks and Recreation

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The Anne Frank Tree at Peace Park in Seattle, WA | Unknown
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Public park
{"9":"Any memorial erected or installed in a present-day public park, including Jewish cemeteries or other sites now operated as public space."}
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2016
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United States of America (USA) | Washington | Seattle, WA
| Peace Garden, Seattle Center
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History/Provenance

The Holocaust Center for Humanity is one of 11 recipients of an “Anne Frank Tree” sapling in the United States. The tree was planted in the Peace Garden at the Seattle Center. 

Anne Frank looked upon and wrote about a chestnut tree that she could see from her only window in hiding in Amsterdam. “As long as this exists”, Anne wrote in her diary, “how can I be sad?” The tree outlived Anne, but after being weakened by disease, it fell in a storm in 2010. Dozens of saplings were propagated, however, in the months before the tree’s end. These have been dedicated as memorials in cities around the world.

After care from Seattle’s Department of  Parks and Recreation, the Anne Frank Tree was planted and dedicated in the Seattle Center Peace Garden on May 1, 2016.

The Peace Garden, built in 1996, is situated near the base of Seattle’s Space Needle. The central feature of the Peace Garden is an International Peace Pole inscribed on its four sides in different languages with the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” The garden consists of cobble stone paths that wind through an eclectic collection of boulders, trees, shrubs and perennials, and several modest memorials and markers the celebrate peace activists.  

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Sources

“Anne Frank Tree,” Holocaust Center for Humanity website , https://www.holocaustcenterseattle.org/visit/anne-frank-tree (accessed January 3, 2023)

“Peace Garden,” Seattle Center website, https://seattlecenter.com/explore/campus-grounds/gardens (accessed January 3, 2023)
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Sam Gruber | 2022
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