Fight on for ‘Anne Frank tree’

June 9th, 2011 - 7:36 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Amsterdam, June 9 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Frank Tree foundation which is responsible for taking care of the tree that stood infront of the house where Frank Anne lived is fighting a contractor for “stealing” the remains of the tree. According to the foundation, the contractor was asked to brace the tree with metal but a storm last August brought the tree down.

The brace which was intended to keep the tree alive failed and the foundation is accusing the contractor of stealing what remained of the tree. The foundation was hoping to donate parts of the three to museums and institutions belonging to the Jewish community all over the world. The foundation went further to accuse the contractor of acting like a Nazi in the situation.

The contractor at the center of the controversy is Dutchman Rob van der Leij. He was asked to make a metal brace which was designed by another person. The total cost for the construction of the brace was placed at $170,000. The contractor shouldered $120,000 of the cost but the foundation could only come up with $25,000 of the remaining amount.

The contractor paid the remaining amount and offered it as an interest free loan to the foundation. The brace failed to hold the tree in place and it eventually fell on the 23rd of August.

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