The Holocaust Memorial Center in West Bloomfield dedicated the Viola and Garry Kappy Anne Frank Tree Exhibit and Garden Sunday to commemorate the life of Anne Frank. The observance included a public interview with Irene Butter, a survivor of the Holocaust who knew Anne Frank.
The program also inaugurated a new exhibition and programs in memory of Anne Frank. The young Dutch girl wrote about her experiences, life and dreams while hiding from the NAZIs in a cramped attic during World War II. The ceremony included planting a sapling from the chestnut tree that grew behind the Frank family’s hiding place. This living exhibition highlights the extraordinary life of Anne Frank and celebrates her legacy of hope.
In her diary, Anne wrote: “The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.” She also wrote: “In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death.”
An informant betrayed the family and the others hiding with them and the Franks were arrested and transferred to concentration camps in 1944. She and her sister, Margot, perished in the Bergsen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945. Her father, Otto, survived the war.
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