Anne Frank’s Tree Safe!

Anne Frank may not have been gay, but she was persecuted by the anti-gay Nazis, so she’s kind of an ally, right?


The diseased chestnut tree that comforted Anne Frank while she hid from the Nazis during World War II has been granted a reprieve.

The 150-year-old tree was due to be chopped down after experts determined it could not be rescued from the fungus and moths that caused more than half its trunk to rot.

On February 23, 1944, Frank, who hid in that an Amsterdam attic for over two years, wrote:

Nearly every morning I go to the attic to blow the stuffy air out of my lungs. 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.

As long as this exists, I thought, and I may live to see it, this sunshine, the cloudless skies, while this lasts I cannot be unhappy.

The secret police found and her family her less than six months later.