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.

Get Queerty Daily

Subscribe to Queerty for a daily dose of #amsterdam #annefrank #holocaust stories and more


  • Stenar

    Uhhh… this post mentions nothing about why or how they were able to save the tree. Only the headline says it’s safe. :P

  • Ash

    Have you read Anne Frank’s Diary? She talks about her crushes on girls and experimenting with her best friend. She was more into it than her friend was. She was totally queer.

  • Qjersey

    I’ve been to the Frank house in Amsterdam and have looked out that window. Even if you have not read her diary or seen the movie version(s), it is a totally overwhelming experience. It was the first museum I had ever visited that had boxes of tissues everywhere.

    if the tree has to go eventually, it should be replaced with a sculpture of the tree or something.

  • ProfessorVP

    You are correct, Ash. It’s been said that Anne’s father redacted the lesbo portions of the diary before it was published. Eventually, in the ’80s, the full text was restored. At the same time, it should be considered that Anne never lived beyond age 14 (or 15?). Girls often go through that same-sex attraction period, then settle on being straight or bi. Still, it’s a good thing that the full diary is now available, although I would bet you it isn’t available in school libraries or rube town public libraries.

  • Mrs Patrick Campbell

    We sold our apartment in Amsterdam – the most boring place we have ever lived in our entire life – last month and now reside in our Paris residence on the Seine opposite the Louvre.

  • Stenar

    I hate you, Mrs Patrick Campbell! I want to live in Paris. ;)

  • TLjr

    Prof VP: Idunno what was up with Anne, but the old line about how often teens go thru that same sex attraction thing and it’s just a phase is a bit tired. Maybe they do, but many’s the homo who took longer than necessary do realize they were gay gay gay gay and it’s A-OK.

  • Mrs Patrick Campbell

    We’ll let you know more, Miss Stennar, once we begin sampling the local(un-cut & ripe with cheese) sizemeat! Haven’t had time yet due to unpacking, settling, in, etc. Also, as you all know, an absolutely gym-perfect body is required for success on the ‘Hershey Highway’ in any country and we have not worked out for over a week now.

Comments are closed.