Anne Frank’s chestnut tree uprooted by heavy winds

August 24th, 2010 - 6:57 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Aug 24 (ANI): A chestnut tree in Amsterdam that Jewish teenager Anne Frank wrote about in her World War II diary, got uprooted in high winds, said the museum dedicated to Frank.

The tree was 20 metres tall and around 160 to 180 years old. It was diseased, hence supported by a steel frame.

“There were several strong gusts of wind and one of these knocked over the tree,” the Telegraph quoted Hans Westra of Anne Frank House as saying.

“Luckily, nobody was injured,” Westra added.

Westra said that the house where Anne Frank and her family lived was not been damaged in the collapse.

Frank wrote in her memoir ‘The Diary of a Young Girl’ on February 23, 1944, “The two of us looked out at the blue sky, the bare chestnut tree glistening with dew, the seagulls and other birds glinting with silver as they swooped through the air.”

“We were so moved and entranced that we couldn’t speak,” she wrote. (ANI)

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