As Boiseans clean up downed trees following the weekend windstorm, the cleanup of a single tree in Holland has gathered worldwide attention…and like most world events, there is a Boise angle.
The giant chestnut tree that gave comfort to Anne Frank while she was in hiding from the Nazis was toppled by wind and heavy rain on Monday in Amsterdam.
There is a clone of the tree sitting in Washington, D.C. destined to Boise after quarantine, according to the city forester.
The famous tree, now diseased and rotted through the trunk, snapped about 3 feet above ground and crashed across several gardens. It damaged a brick wall and several sheds, but nearby buildings – including the Anne Frank House museum – escaped unscathed. No one was injured, a museum spokeswoman said.
In 2007 during a trip for the day job, the GUARDIAN presented a photo montage to the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam of the Boise Anne Frank Memorial along the river between Capitol and 9th Streets. At that time we photographed a museum curator holding the Boise photos–in front of the famous Chestnut Tree.
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