Anne Frank tree cut down, stolen in Germany

Sapling came from tree that stood outside Anne Frank's hiding place; police have no leads on identity of thieves, according to Dutch report.

By JTA
December 11, 2013 14:46
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Anne Frank 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Handout Old)

 
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A sapling that came from the tree that stood outside the hiding place of Anne Frank in Amsterdam was cut down and stolen in Frankfurt, German police  said.

The cutting was planted in 2008 outside Frankfurt’s Anne Frank School, named after the world-famous Jewish teenage diarist who was born in the German city in 1929 and murdered during the Holocaust in 1945 after her family was caught hiding in the Nazi-occupied Dutch capital, where they had moved to escape persecution in Germany.

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Unidentified parties cut down the eight-foot tree that grew from the cutting sometime between last week and Monday, according to a report Tuesday by the Dutch public broadcaster NOS. Police have no information or leads on the identity of the thieves or their motives, the report said.

“It was, obviously, more than just a tree for us,” a spokesperson for Frankfurt’s Anne Frank School told NOS. “We grew it with the help of a landscape architect and with the loving care of several classes.”

The tree is not easily replaceable, as the original chestnut tree which stood outside Anne Frank’s hiding place, and which features in her diary, was cut down in 2010 following a storm.

Several cuttings from that tree are found around the world. The Center for Information and Documentation on Israel in The Hague, or CIDI, is in possession of a 13-foot tree that grew from a certified cutting of the original trunk.

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