I can connect with Anne's chestnut tree and her ability to draw strength and inspiration because inspires me to look at the bright side in life. When i'm sad or down i can draw strength by always talking to a friend like Anne looks to her chestnut tree to bring her joy.

-Tess Henderson, California

About the Sapling Project Virtual Tree


Anne Frank drew solace and inspiration from looking out the attic window at the chestnut tree growing behind the Secret Annex. Share your voice alongside Anne’s by leaving a leaf here on the Sapling Project Virtual Tree.

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Kubacak Elementary - Santa Fe, Texas

Our summer class read about Anne Frank and found her to be an inspiration for being kind to everyone.

-June 20, 2017

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Elisa Di Simone - Staten Island, New York

I am an educator, a director, and a union actor. I have been blessed to grow under the beauty of Anne's spirit throughout my life. I first read, "the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" when I was seven years old, and after that, I was hooked, I have continued to study the Holocaust, and just received my Master's degree in Holocaust Studies and Genocide. I have directed "the Diary of Anne Frank five times and have a production coming up next fall. The students I teach and direct, young and old are moved and inspired by Anne Frank's spirit and beautiful soul. It is my privilege to teach about her life and her surely "went on living long after her death". The resistance of her spirit is a legacy that is the one I choose to focus on throughout the lessons and direction of the actors.The beauty of "her nature" surrounds all of us. L'Chiam.

-June 20, 2017

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Liz Caulfield - West Chester, Pennsylvania

I find that my "chestnut tree" is my friends and art. Although I'm going through difficult times currently, I have my close friends and family to give me support and love. I'm able to draw out my feelings, rather than just let them sit inside me an so hurt me. Anne is strong, kind, and full of ambition. I strive to have the same optimism and strength she had.

-June 9, 2017

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Liz Caulfield - West Chester, Pennsylvania

I find that my "chestnut tree" is my friends and art. Although I'm going through difficult times currently, I have my close friends and family to give me support and love. I'm able to draw out my feelings, rather than just let them sit inside me an so hurt me.

-June 9, 2017

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Toby Faith - Media (Near Philadelphia),

Anne's chestnut tree shows that even in difficult times there's always some hope and beauty somewhere in the world. Even when Anne was having the worst time in the Annex, she was able to look at the tree and feel strength and hope. I connect to this, because Anne shows us that there is always something to inspire you to keep going in difficult times.

-June 9, 2017

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Ariana Douglass - williamsport, Pennsylvania

This is how I connect with Anne. When I was having a hard time and not feeling well I would try and find things to cheer me up and make be happy. For example I would watch videos on YouTube of Ariana Grande and Fifth Harmony because they would make me smile and laugh because they mean so much to me and inspire me. I know it may sound silly but its true.

-June 6, 2017

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Gabriella - Greensburg, Pennsylvania

I believe if I am having a rough day and I look outside at a beautiful pasture or a huge tree in my front yard it comforts me to see something so beautiful.

-June 6, 2017

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Margaret Brown - Buffalo, New York

In my school we have been reading the Diary of Anne Frank. It is such an inspirational story that makes you think about how lucky most of us are to live freely. For those of us in the world who don't have freedom we must fight for them, seek whats right. We should not see only our differences, but our similarities!

-May 31, 2017

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Meaghan - Williamsville, NY, New York

Anne Frank had a lot of hard times in her life due to the holocaust and the tree was a symbol of peace, strength, and beauty to her. It was a sign that even though she might have been feeling upset about the war there was still the beauty of nature in the world.

-May 31, 2017

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Anya W. - Williamsville, New York

I think the tree is Anne's one symbol of peace during the horrific war, and the tree was experiencing the same things as Anne because the tree was living throughout the war. I think Anne saw hope from the tree because if a tree can last a war then so could she. This tree brought comfort to her while she was in hiding.

-May 31, 2017

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