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Anne Frank tree blows down

Monday 23 August 2010

The tree that Anne Frank could see from her hiding place during World War II blew over in strong winds on Monday afternoon. Its trunk is broken about one and a half metres above the ground, according to local tv station AT5. No one was hurt and there is no damage to surrounding buildings.

In 2008 the chestnut tree had to be supported with a steel structure costing €50,000 because of its poor condition. Experts said it would be safe for ten to fifteen years.

This followed an announcement in 2007 that the tree was to be chopped down because it was considered in danger of toppling over and causing injury and damage. The announcement caused an international outcry. An appeal by a group of supporters saw the felling order overturned.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

I think that it would be worthwhile to have this tree replaced this given the historic importance of this particular site.

By Henk Luf | 23 August 2010 11:42 PM

l hope a new tree can be grown to honour her memory.

By m hayman | 24 August 2010 1:33 AM

So sad to see that the historical tree has fallen, but rather that it fall on its own than having it cut down!

By Pam | 24 August 2010 9:39 AM

A cutting was taken from the original tree in 2008. I believe it is destined to replace its parent.

By groverpm | 24 August 2010 11:45 AM

Safety first it seems was dismissed, I do agree that a replacement in her memory should be planted but it should have been sorted out at the time when it was first deemed to be unsafe instead of wasting money in the first place. I bet the supplier of the steel frame was rubbing his hands at the time, a ridiculous sum to pay for a metal frame and I bet the supporters didn't pay anything towards it either! If it was replaced back then it would be a nice size now also.

By Andy | 24 August 2010 5:24 PM

There are many saplings already grown from chestnuts harvested from this tree. 10 will be planted in the USA http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/16/anne-franks-tree-in-new-york-soil/
Perhaps a daughter of this tree can be planted where its mother once stood.

By jaycee | 25 August 2010 7:40 AM

A report on CBC radio mentioned that the tree when falling did not hit the famous Annex where Anne Frank lived.
So if there was a danger, why on earth was the tree not cut down before? Surely the Annex is far more important than the tree.

By David Pinto | 28 August 2010 7:04 AM

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