August 23, 2010 by Post Team
Strong winds and rain lashing down the tree 150 years old, crashed into several neighboring gardens and sheds.
The falling tree missed the nearby Anne Frank House, a museum full of tourists at the time of the accident.
“Someone screamed, ‘It is falling. The tree is falling,’” said museum spokeswoman maatje Mostart. “Fortunately, nobody was hurt.”
The trunk broke off about three feet above the ground during the storm.
Frank refers to the tree in her diary, including entry in May 1944 a few months before she was betrayed and handed over to the Nazis.
“Our chestnut tree is in bloom,” wrote the Jewish teenager. “It is covered with leaves and is even more beautiful than last year.”
But the historic tree was affected by a fungus and rot, the main culprits of Amsterdam to consider his retirement in 2007.
A worldwide campaign is launched to save the tree and its trunk was reinforced with a steel frame in 2008 to prevent tipping.Frank died of typhus in the concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen in March 1945.
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