Tree in Anne Frank's diary to be cut down





The chestnut tree that comforted Anne Frank while she hid from the Nazis during World War II will be cut down Nov. 21 because it is too diseased to be saved, the city said Tuesday.

The 150-year-old chestnut, familiar to the many readers of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” suffers from fungus and moths that have caused more than half its trunk to rot.

“The state of this monumental chestnut is a real danger for its surroundings,” including the “secret annex” atop the canal-side warehouse where the Frank family hid, the city said. “Its rapid decay makes it necessary to take action now.”

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