A sapling honoring Holocaust victims and survivors is now gracing the grounds of the Capitol.
If you've read the "The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank, you may remember how a Chestnut tree outside her window brought her comfort in the midst of the Holocaust. A sapling from that tree is now planted on the west front of the Capitol grounds to remind visitors here of one of the darkest moments in human history.
Virginia Republican Eric Cantor says he feels honored to have helped bring one of those saplings to the nation's capital.
“Those Jews should not be remembered as merely victims," Cantor says. "Like Anne Frank, they were incredible heroes, brave, resilient, and strong, keeping the traditions of their faith in secret.”
Stephen Ayers, the architect of the Capitol, says it's good the tree will be seen by the millions of tourists that stroll through these grounds.
“While the tree may be small in stature today, years from now visitors to the Capitol will find shade and solace in its might branches," Ayers says.
Ten other saplings from Anne Frank's tree are also being planted across the country.