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Tree and poem embraces tragedy of war

PUBLISHED: 20:18 30 May 2002 | UPDATED: 12:01 03 March 2010

BY James Fraser, north reporter

james.fraser@eveningstar.co.uk



PUPILS from the Stowmarket area are set to commemorate one of the second world war's most moving stories in the presence of the country's leading poet.

PUPILS from the Stowmarket area are set to commemorate one of the second world war's most moving stories in the presence of the country's leading poet.

Students at Stonham Aspal Primary School, near Stowmarket, will be dedicating a magnificent horse chestnut tree, the school symbol, which stands in the school field, to commemorate Anne Frank and millions of other children around the world who have been killed through wars and persecution.

Among the guests at the ceremony will be the Poet Laureate Andrew Motion who will unveil a commemorative plaque and read his poem Anne Frank Huis, recognised as a modern classic.

Already a popular focal point for pupils the tree will serve as a place for reflection and a place of commitment to a better future following the ceremony on June 12.

The sight of a horse chestnut tree in the Amsterdam garden of her hiding place from the Nazis during World War II was Anne Frank's only link with freedom, allowing her to watch the changing seasons.

In turn her diary, which is the most widely read non-fiction book after the Bible, has inspired children around the world never to strive for a more peaceful world.

According to the city council in Amsterdam, the original chestnut tree has fallen victim to pollution and will not live many more years. Anne Frank trees in Britain will regenerate her hopes for the future.

June 12, 2002 is a special anniversary. It would have been Anne Frank's 73rd birthday as well as the 60th anniversary of her 13th birthday, when her father gave her a diary. It was to become the most famous diary in the world following her death in a Nazi concentration camp.

Anne Frank Trees, the Anne Frank Awards for Moral Courage and the Anne Frank: A History for Today touring exhibition are all organised by the Anne Frank Trust UK. For further information on the Anne Frank Trust contact 020 8340 9077.


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