Holocaust survivor, Dr. Irene Butter speaks as the Holocaust Memorial Center, one of only eleven sites in the United States to receive a sapling from the tree that grew outside Anne Frank’s hiding place, dedicates the Viola and Garry Kappy Anne Frank Tree Exhibit and Garden in Farmington Hills, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. Butter met Anne Frank during her internment in Bergen Belsen concentration camp. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Kathleen Galligan)
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Holocaust Memorial Center in suburban Detroit dedicated a permanent exhibit Sunday honoring Anne Frank and featuring a sapling from a chestnut tree that the Jewish girl describes in her diary.
“From my favorite spot on the floor, I look up at the blue sky and the bare chestnut tree, on whose branches little raindrops shine, appearing like silver,” she wrote in 1944, according to the museum. “When I looked outside right into the depth of nature and God, then I was happy, really happy.”
Frank spent about 2 years in hiding with her family in an attic in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam before they were captured and she, her sister and others were sent to their deaths.
The exhibit at the Farmington Hills museum also features photographs and scrolling quotations from the diary.
Those speaking at the afternoon ceremony included Holocaust survivor Irene Butter, who met Anne Frank during her internment in Bergen Belsen concentration camp.
Ten other sites in the U.S. have saplings from the 150-year-old tree, according to the museum.
The exhibit is named for Viola and Garry Kappy.