Day wrapped in history marks the planting of long-awaited Anne Frank tree at Southern Cayuga school

As Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan spoke to Southern Cayuga Central School District students Wednesday, a small sapling sat on a table behind her.

When Lazan finished telling her story, sharing her past with the audience, the sapling was taken outside and planted in the school yard.

“This tree began in Holland and traveled to New York City on its journey and today it will finally be able to find its spot here with us,” said Southern Cayuga Superintendent Patrick Jensen. “Today, this tree finally has its roots planted in our community.” Read More!

Holocaust survivor shares story with Southern Cayuga students

A tiny, nondescript tree sapling sat on stage in the Southern Cayuga High School auditorium Monday morning.

The students bustling in were aware that a grand legacy lies within the sapling — that of Anne Frank, the Jewish teenager who hid with her family from the Nazis in an attic for more than two years before being discovered and taken to a concentration camp, where she died.

Frank had looked out her window while she hid and watched the seasons change on the leaves on a chestnut tree. That tree, in Amsterdam, had begun to die when saplings were taken from it and sent to various sites throughout the world. Read More!

Sapling from Anne Frank’s tree to grow in Southern Cayuga

A sapling grown from the tree that gave Anne Frank hope as she hid from the Nazis during World War II is coming to the Southern Cayuga Central Schools.

The district’s middle school, about 15 miles south of Auburn, is one of 11 locations nationwide that will receive a sapling from the horse chestnut tree that grows outside Frank’s hiding place in Amsterdam, now a museum.

“It’s very, very exciting,” Mary Kay Worth, superintendent of the Southern Cayuga Central Schools, said this morning.

The district has not received an official phone call announcing the award, but its name appears as one of the winners on the Anne Frank Center USA web site this morning. Read More!