At that time there were a lot of discussions in regards to whether they were going to cut the tree down because it was weak and in danger of falling over. It never was torn down though, and to be honest I haven’t thought about it a whole lot since. Until today.
I just visited the blog of my friend DutchBitch and learned the terrible news that not only were my veggie plants the victim of the fierce winds of late, but also Anne’s beloved Chestnut tree. It just fell right over.
This makes me sad.
The Anne Frank house is such an important part of the history of Amsterdam. Of this country even. Day after day, year after year, people come from all over the world just to step behind that bookcase and spend a few moments in the same space that Anne Frank once inhabited.
We all have a moment while we are there, where we step outside of ourselves and try to imagine even just for a second what it was like for her. We probably never come even close, how can we understand the loneliness and fear that she was experiencing at that time? There wasn’t a lot there that was truly original after all these years, but the tree was. It may have been bigger, but it was the same tree.
Now it will be gone. From now on when people visit the Anne Frank House and look out her bedroom window, what will they see?
I suppose to some it probably sounds silly. They will think It’s just a tree!, but no… it’s not just a tree. At least not to anyone who has read the book or stood in that room and seen it with their own eyes.
While looking for information after reading DB’s article, I did see something interesting. Apparently eleven saplings have been taken from the tree and were brought to the United States for planting.
Wait? … What?
Eleven saplings have been taken from the tree in Amsterdam and have been taken to the United States to be planted?
OI, Americans… get your filthy mitts off our tree babies! Who do we call about tree abduction??
Ok, that lady’s parents’ families were killed in the Holocaust, she can have a tree… but why do they get the other 10? Seriously, why is at least one of them not staying in Amsterdam, or perhaps the other neighbouring countries that are more closely tied to this bit of history.
HELL, Canada played a major role in saving their butts, why aren’t my peeps getting a tree? This is a travesty!
WAIT, crisis averted! I found another article. Give me a moment to cool my jets here…
According to this other article there are 150 saplings in Amsterdamse Bos Park.
So there weren’t only 11 saplings, there were tons and they are all over the place. It turns out that Anne’s tree really isn’t just a tree, it’s like the Octomom of trees!