Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park, CA
"The tree symbolizes [Anne’s] struggle against oppression and the human struggle.
She didn't live, but the tree lives on."
~ Sam Youney, director of landscaping for SSU
Sonoma State University (SSU) is home to the Erna and Arthur Salm Holocaust and Genocide Memorial Grove, where the Anne Frank chestnut tree will be planted. The Memorial Grove, situated adjacent to the campus lakes, features a ten-foot tall light tower sculpture created by SSU Professor Jann Nunn, railroad tracks symbolic of the Nazi deportations and bricks inscribed with names and places of those who endured the horrors of genocide including Native American, Armenian, Cambodia, Rwanda and Darfur.
The SSU Center for the Study of Holocaust and Genocide, established in 1987, hosts the University’s Holocaust Lecture Series, the oldest of its kind on the west coast. Since 1987 more than 1,800 students have enrolled in this course of study, which brings expert speakers on genocide and the Holocaust to campus. The Center also hosts nation conferences on the Holocaust, providing instruction to elementary and high school teachers throughout the North Bay community. Anne’s chestnut tree sapling is a central component of the Center’s effort, through knowledge and education, to make the commitment to “never again” a reality.
Visit Anne’s Tree:
Anne’s tree sapling will take root on April 14 - Learn More
April 9 – Attend the “Seeds of Remembrance” talk by Michael Berenbaum at the SSU Warren Auditorium – Learn More
April 16 – Attend the “Lessons Learned from a Holocaust Childhood” talk by Hans Angress at the SSU Warren Auditorium – Learn More
Visit the Anne Frank: A History for Today exhibit on display at University Library March 22 – April 26, 2013 Learn More