Reprieve for tree that inspired Anne Frank

Nov. 23, 2007 at 12:58 PM
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AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- A Dutch judge in Amsterdam has postponed the removal of a horse chestnut tree that comforted Anne Frank in her World War II hiding place.

After visiting the tree late Tuesday, the judge granted tree advocates time to show that it can be saved, Radio Netherlands reported. Local officials had ordered the tree's removal on the grounds that it threatens houses in the area.

Anne Frank, the Jewish teenager who later died in a concentration camp, mentioned the tree in her diary, which was discovered and published after the war. On Feb. 23, 1944, she described almost daily visits to the attic to look outside.

"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," she wrote.

Before the judge made his ruling, bidders on eBay had offered more than $10,000 for a single horse chestnut from the tree.

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