When Anne Frank was in hiding for just over two years in Amsterdam during WWII, she took delight in a chestnut tree outside her window. Such an image represented a symbol of hope for her. Now, saplings from that very tree will be distributed to 11 locations as part of an iniative preserving Frank’s legacy as well as promoting tolerance.
According to Haaretz via the Associated Press, sapling taken from the tree’s seeds will be planted this month. The Anne Frank Center USA picked 11 U.S. locations, including a park memorializing September 11 victims in New York City. Additional states receiving a sapling include Indiana, Massachusetts, and California.
"We know that the tree was a sign of hope of Anne Frank who was unable to leave her living quarters," said Yvonne Simons, executive director of The Anne Frank Center USA. "She wrote about it in a diary. For us, the tree portrays a symbolism of hope and growth and renewal."
"The heart of our mission is tolerance. … Tolerance is really essential for being able to bring better welfare to everybody," said center spokesman Mike Clary.
What a wonderful way to pay tribute to Anne Frank!
(Photo via AP)
We know that many of you are celebrating the start of Passover this evening. To honor this holiday, please check out some of the moving photos Yad Vashem has in their archive featuring Seder night before, during and after the Holocaust. The one below features a group gathered for a Seder table reading in Warsaw, Poland during the war.
Also, please stay tuned for iVolunteer's upcoming Pesach campaign. Holocaust survivors, Jewish or not, understand the meaning of freedom more deeply than most of us could ever imagine.
Growing older can often mean less independence and, unfortunately, a loss in dignity often accompanies that loss of freedom and independence. Their independence can only be guaranteed by a strong social network and access to resources, both of which iVolunteer provides.
iVolunteer will soon launch the Pesach Campaign in support of raising funds to expand our direct assistance program. We’ll share details soon!
With Passover just around the corner, we’d thought we’d get into the spirit of the holiday and share something tasty. A dear friend, Corey, makes this special Mandel Breit recipe every year and it’s positively yummy.
1/2 cup margarine
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup cake meal
1/2 cup potato starch
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Small amount of matzo meal for dusting
Cream margarine and sugar. Next, add eggs and beat thoroughly until mixed. Add cake meal and potato starch, slowly (beater on low). Then add chips and vanilla.
Grab your cookie sheet and lightly dust with matzo meal. Divide the mix into three loaves (long loaves = more, slightly thinner cookies; slightly rounded loaves = fewer, slightly thicker cookies). Bake for 20 minutes at 375 or until lightly brown. Cut into slices when done and then put back in oven for 10 minutes.
What’s your Passover must-have? Please share with us!
Book of Odds recently shared a remarkable story with us about a Holocaust survivor named Ruth Neray, who was arrested at age 19 by SS soldiers and eventually taken to Auschwitz. For a year, she endured countless beatings and nearly starved, but the spark inside her heart would ultimately save her. Or as she references in the video below, there was a sense of “peace” that had come over her. But this calm feeling would be tested many times.
We were moved by an inspiring story from The Today Show this week featuring a Holocaust survivor who’s searching for his twin brother.
Menachem B. of Israel hasn’t seen his brother, Jolli, in over six decades. As four year olds, they were taken to Auschwitz, but eventually separated just two days before the concentration camp was liberated in May 1945.
Thoughts of his other half have have remained a big piece of Menachem’s heart, and he’s working with geneaologist Ayana KimRon with hopes of finding Jolli.
A Facebook page has been set up to help spread the word. Nearly 40,000 people in 19 languages have chimed in with their support.