Anne Frank's fallen tree disposed of

27th August 2010, Comments 0 comments


A team of foresters has begun removing the remains of Anne Frank's tree in Amsterdam, which was blown over during a storm on Monday.

The chestnut tree was described by the Jewish girl in the diary that she wrote while in hiding from Nazi persecution in the early 1940s, when the Netherlands was occupied by the Germans. She could see the tree from her hideout in the Secret Annexe.

The 160-year-old landmark tree had been in a poor condition for years and was supported by a steel skeleton to prevent it from collapsing. The combination of the chestnut being in full leaf, soaked with rain and battered by a force 10 gale proved too much for the tree and its support structure. No-one was injured by the tree crashing into in the enclosed yard behind the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam.

The tree will be cut into manageable sections which will be crane-lifted over the rooftops. It is expected the work will take all Thursday. The leaves and twigs will be shredded, while the wood of the trunk and the heavier branches will go into storage. The committee which cared for the original tree said the wood may be used in a commemorative work of art, but not for commercial purposes.

Three years ago, cuttings were taken from the tree, which have meanwhile developed into three metre tall chestnuts. The tree committee is considering how to proceed.

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