Anne Frank’s chestnut tree will bloom again
The tree that once gave Anne Frank solace when she was hiding from the Nazis fell on Monday, Aug 23rd 2010, during a storm in Amsterdam. But cuttings had been taken and will be planted as unique tree memorials across the USA and Canada.
On 23 February 1944, Anne Frank wrote about the tree:
‘Nearly every morning I go to the attic to blow the stuffy air out of my lungs, 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.’
Tree News, issue 18, 2010;
Wikipedia: Anne Frank tree