City and Dutch officials today dedicated a sapling from the chestnut tree that stood outside Anne Frank's refuge and that she wrote in her diary gave her much comfort.
The sapling sits behind some protective wrought iron at the bottom of the hill leading up to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, on the Earl of Sandwich side.
Boston is one of 11 U.S. cities to get one of the saplings from the tree - taken before it collapsed in 2010 - thanks to Aliya Finkel, a student at Gann Academy in Waltham, who got Mayor Menino's ear and convinced him to apply for the tree. Among the people who raised money to plant the sapling in Boston: Students at the Indian Head School in Hanson.
Finkel helped give the sapling its first mulching this morning, along with officials who included City Councilor Mike Ross, whose father Stephen is a holocaust survivor.