The chestnut tree that provided Anne Frank with a visible link to the outside world while in hiding from the Nazis won a reprieve from the ax Tuesday when a judge ordered the city to reconsider whether the diseased tree can be saved.
Judge Jurjen Bade adjourned a hearing and took witnesses and court officials with him to personally inspect the tree, watching as experts tapped its trunk to point out the rotten wood afflicted by fungus.
He listened to experts from both sides, and looked to see what might be crushed if it fell, including the nearby Anne Frank House museum, which includes the apartment where the Jewish teenager and her family hid from the Nazis for 25 months during World War II.
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