New plaque unveiled by Brandon Hill’s Anne Frank Tree: Anne Frank Plaque

08 Jun 2021

New plaque unveiled by Brandon Hill’s Anne Frank Tree

A new plaque in memory of Anne Frank has been unveiled at a ceremony in Brandon Hill park today (Tuesday 8 June), next to a tree planted in her name.

The plaque, installed facing Charlotte Street South, was designed and delivered by local and national organisations and charities, in partnership with Bristol City Council.

A COVID-secure ceremony took place to unveil the plaque, by a tree planted in 2009 in memory of Anne Frank, ahead of the anniversary of her birth on Saturday 12 June.

Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees opened the socially distanced event, which featured speeches from The Anne Frank Trust UK, the We Are Bristol History Commission and local school pupils, as well as prayers and songs from Bristol Rabbis.

Mayor Rees said: “Thanks to the generosity and expertise of local and national partners, we are proud to unveil the new plaque on Brandon Hill, which will help visitors appreciate the history of the Anne Frank Tree.

“Anne Frank is remembered as one of the greatest writers in human history. Today’s event rightly celebrated her life and words, while mourning the loss of Anne and some 1.5 million Jewish children killed by the Nazi regime. It was also about the rest of Anne’s family, those she hid with in Amsterdam, and many millions more Jews killed in the Holocaust.

“We will continue working together to build a Bristol where we understand our history and learn from it, to ensure a future free from antisemitism, prejudice, and discrimination.”

 Elinor Beard, a primary school pupil from Fishponds, some of whose family died in the Holocaust, said at the event: "Anne Frank is my heroine. She always found the positive. Even towards the end of her life, Anne still wrote about her dreams and hoped that she would come out of the war alive.

“When I have Anne by my side, I am not afraid. If she lasted through her terrifying experience for as long as she did, then what I’m scared of looks easy.”

Tim Robertson, Chief Executive at The Anne Frank Trust UK, said: “At the Anne Frank Trust we know that Anne Frank’s life and work have unique educational power – both as a reminder of the Holocaust and as a role model of how a teenager can speak out for humanity.

“Twelve years after our Anne Frank exhibition was held in Bristol, it’s deeply heartening to see the new plaque going by the tree planted in her name. Clearly Anne Frank continues to inspire the inclusive ethos of this wonderfully diverse city.”

Speakers at the ceremony included:

  • Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol
  • Elinor Rose Beard, primary school pupil from Fishponds
  • Mike Bettles, The Anne Frank Trust UK
  • Marian Liebmann, Bristol Holocaust Memorial Day Steering Group
  • Edward Crowson, Lessons from Auschwitz Ambassador, Holocaust Educational Trust
  • Professor Tim Cole, We Are Bristol History Commission
  • El Malei Rachamim – Rabbi Mendy Singer, Chabad of Bristol
  • Oseh Shalom – Rabbi Anna Gerrard, Clifton College

The tree next to the plaque, a maidenhair tree (Ginkgo biloba), was one of many trees planted in memory of Anne Frank throughout the country and around the world in 2009 on what would have been her 80th birthday.

The tree-planting ceremony held in Bristol took place after the city hosted the Anne Frank Trust UK’s touring exhibition in Bristol Cathedral, Anne Frank + You, which attracted more than 10,000 people.