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Sapling from Anne Frank's tree headed to Montreal

n this Nov. 19, 2007 file photo a tree expert, center, is silhouetted as he climbs Anne Frank's chestnut tree ahead of tests to determine its ability to remain upright during a storm, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The monumental chestnut tree has fallen over Monday, Aug. 23, 2010, a spokeswoman for the Anne Frank Museum says. The 27-ton tree was encased in a steel tripod as a precaution of the danger it might fall. The tree's trunk snapped close to the ground and it toppled into neighboring gardens, damaging several sheds. No one was hurt.

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A sapling grown from the famous Anne Frank chestnut tree in Amsterdam will be planted in Montreal.

The city is the only Canadian location that will get a sapling from the tree's cuttings.

Organizers say only Israel and New York welcomed more Holocaust survivors than Montreal. The other 11 saplings being sent to North America are going to the United States.

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The Jewish teenager wrote about the tree in The Diary of Anne Frank, which describes her life as she and her family hid from the Nazis during the Second World War. It fell down in August, damaged by winds, rain, rot and moths.

In her diary, Frank described going to the attic almost every morning to stare at the tree, and the little raindrops on its branches, and knowing she could always find happiness looking out at the sky.

The planting ceremony in Montreal will take place Monday at the Holocaust Memorial Centre.

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