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Sapling from Anne Frank tree to be planted in Boston Common

Thanks in part to efforts by a Brookline teenager, a sapling from the horse chestnut tree that stood near the secret annex in Amsterdam where Anne Frank and her family hid during World War II will soon be planted in Boston Common.

Aliyah Finkel, now 15, said she was preparing for her bat mitzvah when she learned about the Anne Frank Sapling Project, which was distributing saplings from the tree to 11 sites across the United States. The saplings were being awarded to organizations that embodied Frank’s belief in equality, demonstrated consequences of intolerance, or showcased historic events in civil rights and social justice.

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