Tree dedication at Anne Frank Memorial to inspire tolerance, freedom

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- "It was on May 13, 1944 that Anne Frank wrote: 'Our chestnut tree is in full bloom it's covered with leaves and is even more beautiful than last year'," Dr. Dan Prinzing from the Wessmuth Center for Human Rights said.

After writing this diary entry, the Frank family was found hiding in the annex that served as protection. Now 71 years later, Boise is only one of 11 locations in the nation that will receive a sapling from the tree Anne so often found solace in.

"I get cross then sad and finally end up turning my heart inside out," Rebecca Russell read. "The bad part on the outside and the good part on the inside. And keep trying to find a way to become what I'd like to be and what I could be, if only there were no other people in the world."

Despite the hardships, Anne, her family, and millions of others faced, she still had hope that everything would change for the better and it was that hope that the dedication's message was rooted in.

"We use the diary and the spirit of Anne Frank as unique tools to advance her legacy," Dr. Rebecca Faulkner with the Anne Frank Center said. "To educate people and communities across the united states about the dangers of intolerance, anti-semitism, racism, and discrimination in all its forms."

Boise Mayor David Bieter, also, attended the ceremony expressing how perfect this symbol is for the community. During the dedication, the mayor declared May 13, 2015 as a Day of Dignity.
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