NCS is raising funds to plant a Horse Chestnut Tree on the grounds of the Rupert Nock Middle School as a lasting symbol of Anne Frank’s courage and vision of hope.

Anne Frank wrote often in her diary about the only visible piece of the outside world she could see from her attic-hiding place – a Horse Chestnut Tree in the courtyard below her attic window.

Nearly every morning I go to the attic to blow the stuffy air out of my lungs.
From my favorite spot on the floor I look up at the blue sky and the
chestnut tree, on whose branches little raindrops shine, appearing like silver,
and at the seagulls and other birds as they glide on the wind.

–February, 1944

After the Holocaust, the tree became a symbol of hope and freedom and was tended and preserved by the Anne Frank House Museum.  When the tree died in 2010, seeds and saplings from the tree were spread throughout the world.  One seedling from the tree is growing in Boston.  Coincidently, the Horse Chestnut Tree is on the list of trees recommended for planting in Newburyport.

Under the direction of Dr. George Case, the Newburyport Choral Society’s Spring Concert on May 6th and 7th will feature James Whitbourn’s powerful oratorio Annelies, the only musical setting based on the story of Anne Frank during the Holocaust.  NCS is raising funds to plant a Horse Chestnut Tree on the grounds of the Rupert Nock Middle School with the approval and assistance of: The Dept. of Public Works and City Services of Newburyport; The Tree Commission of Newburyport; Friends of Newburyport Trees (FoNT); and City Parks and Recreation of Newburyport.

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