Anne Frank - British Library

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Since 1998 more than 500 cities, towns, schools, libraries and other public places across Britain have planted an Anne Frank Tree to memorialise all children killed through wars and persecution.

 

 

The first trees were planted outside the British Library and at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, where they still remain.

 

 

This photograph is of the tree at the British library, where there is also a bust of Anne Frank by sculptor Doreen Kern.  These trees, planted in memory of Anne Frank, serve as a reminder to us all of the millions of children killed needlessly because of wars and conflict.

 

 

Anne, despite living in hiding for over two years, took much comfort in the view of a tree outside of the attic that she was hidden in. This tree sadly toppled over in August 2010, but it is hoped that these trees will keep Anne’s hopes and dreams alive.

 

 

The former children’s poet laureate Michael Rosen wrote this poem specially for Anne Frank Tree plantings:

 

We hope that anyone who knows of this tree

will remember Anne Frank

We hope that anyone who knows of this tree

will remember how from her attic window

Anne Frank watched a tree growing outside

and was so moved and entranced

She couldn't speak

We hope that anyone who knows of this tree

will remember how Anne Frank lost her life

We hope that anyone who knows of this tree

will never let such things happen again

We hope that anyone who knows of this tree

will have as much hope in their hearts and minds as Anne did.

 

© Michael Rosen, 1998

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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