Amsterdam: the end of Anne Frank’s chestnut tree


Anne FrankAssociated Press reports:

Anne Frank’s Tree To Be Cut Down

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands The ancient chestnut tree that comforted Anne Frank while she was in hiding during the Nazi occupation of Holland must be cut down, the Amsterdam city council said Tuesday.

The diseased tree in the courtyard behind the canal-side warehouse where the Frank family took refuge for more than two years has been attacked by an aggressive fungus [Ganoderma adspersum; also honey mushroom] and a moth, called the horse chestnut leaf miner.

Experts estimate the tree’s age at 150-170 years.

The chestnut is familiar to some 25 million readers of “The Diary of Anne Frank.”

Anne often looked at it longingly from the attic, the only window that was not blacked out to prevent anyone seeing movement inside the apartment in the rear of the warehouse on Prinsengracht street where the Frank family hid.

The Jewish teenager made several references to it in the diary that she kept during the 25 months she remained indoors until the family was arrested in August 1944.

The tree’s condition has rapidly deteriorated in recent years, the city said. The inner wood is rotten and the dying roots and bark are not regenerating.

“It’s very sad, but the decision has been taken,” said Patricia Bosboom, spokeswoman of the Anne Frank House museum. “It’s one of the oldest chestnut trees in Amsterdam.”

It will take several weeks before the city issues the required license to fell the tree.

The museum, where the tiny apartment has been preserved, said grafts already have been taken and a sapling from the original chestnut will replace the once-towering tree.

“Nearly every morning I go to the attic to blow the stuffy air out of my lungs,” Anne wrote on Feb. 23, 1944.

“From my favorite spot on the floor I look up at the blue sky and the bare chestnut tree, on whose branches little raindrops shine, appearing like silver, and at the seagulls and other birds as they glide on the wind. …

“As long as this exists, I thought, and I may live to see it, this sunshine, the cloudless skies, while this lasts I cannot be unhappy.”

Anne Frank died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945.

Anne Frank tree, an interactive monument: here.

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13 thoughts on “Amsterdam: the end of Anne Frank’s chestnut tree

  1. Just read article in The Record newspaper, Kitchener, Canada re: Anne Frank’s tree – maybe treet should be cut into very small pieces, packaged & sold to the hundreds of thousands around the world who adore her from afar. Profits can go to perpetuate her name.

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  2. Hi ???????????? , I do not know the details, but, judging from the article the tree is dying.

    ““It’s very sad, but the decision has been taken,” said Patricia Bosboom, spokeswoman of the Anne Frank House museum. “It’s one of the oldest chestnut trees in Amsterdam.”

    It will take several weeks before the city issues the required license to fell the tree.

    The museum, where the tiny apartment has been preserved, said grafts already have been taken and a sapling from the original chestnut will replace the once-towering tree.”

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  3. the tree is a beautiful piece of history there is know way it should be cut down im only 11 but that tree means alot to ANNE and alot of other people like PETER or MIEP

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  4. I don’t think it should be cut down. Iam 11 but I know a lot .I think it should stay up because it is a history land mark .If Anne Frank was here she would want to keep that because it was what she looked at when she was Sad and when she was sleeping .She would like us to keep it their to have a memory of her and her family . Imagine if you got killed by Hitler and your house was made into a museum and people came in and out and in and out everday and your chestnut tree was being cut down and that was the only thing you had left now woundn’t you be really upset people I think you should keep it and not replace it.

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