Saplings from Anne Frank tree planted in Netherlands

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Five saplings from a chestnut tree that Jewish teenager Anne Frank wrote about in her famous World War ll diary while in hiding from the Nazis were planted in the Dutch capital Friday.

The Hague - Five saplings from a chestnut tree that Jewish teenager Anne Frank wrote about in her famous World War ll diary while in hiding from the Nazis were planted in the Dutch capital Friday.

The saplings were the first to be planted from among 150 donated by the Anne Frank House, a museum dedicated to the teenager immortalised by her own diary, said museum spokeswoman Annemarie Bekker.

All the trees are to be planted in Amsterdam's Bos Woodland Park in the next few years, she said.

"It feels as if we are allowing a part of Anne Frank’s hopes and dreams to grow on in the Amsterdam Bos," said city councillor Marijke Vos, who helped to plant the trees, in a statement from the museum.

The saplings were grown from chestnuts collected in 2005 from the 150-year-old white horse chestnut, one of the oldest trees in Amsterdam, which was found to be suffering from a disease, it said.

Through a window in the attic where she was trapped with her family and four other Jews, Anne Frank could see the sky, birds and the chestnut tree.

She wrote about the tree in her diary three times, the last on 13 May 1944, the museum said.

The group was discovered in August 1944 after a tip-off and sent to concentration camps. Anne Frank died in 1945, when she was 15, at a camp in Bergen Belsen in northern Germany.

Her diary, published in English as The Diary of a Young Girl, is one of the most widely read books in the world. It was found by a family friend after the ouster of the Nazis at the end of the war.

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