A new life at 67.Can a woman start all over again?

Amsterdam, 23 February 1944

“From my favourite 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 fourteen year old Jewish girl wrote these words in her now world famous diary. Daily she would look out of the attic window in the Prinsengracht.It was the only one that wasn’t blacked out in the tiny warehouse hiding place of her family and four friends, on to the Chestnut tree. It gave her strength through the twenty five monthes confinement during the German occupation of the Netherlands by just being there.

Anne would look at it and note the changing foliage from season to season.
It was bare when they came for her in February 1945.

She died early March of Typhoid Fever in the German concentration camp Bergen-Belsen, a few days after her sister. She was fifteen.

The Chestnut tree lived, and is still there so many years after. But it was sentenced to die on the 21st of November 2007. Some experts said it was old and sick and couldn’t be saved. Others said it could but they had little weight in the matter.

I don’t know what has happened to Anne’s tree.

Photo:Peter Dejong

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Comments on: "Prinsengracht 263, last home of Annelies Marie “Anne” Frank" (5)

  1. Heard an interview with a Dutch city representative regarding the tree. It wasn’t a city tree but stood on private property, threatening to hurt people and damage buildings with a future storm.
    Maybe the tree fullfilled it’s duty, gave hope to many famous and non-famous citizens. They are growing a new tree from the branches of old tree and plan to replant it in the same spot. I think thats more than appropriate. The tree will live on, that’s what Anne made sure of, and I can’t see it wanting to fall on anybody. Humans really need to step back and remember how to conserve memories.

  2. pauline said:

    Is the above picture by Peter Dejong a picture of the chestnut tree Anne looked out on??

  3. gentledove said:

    Dear Anne, her words live on

  4. Hello Pauline,
    Thanks for your visit.The picture was said to be of her tree, but I am not sure.

    Hello Dove,
    Nice to hear from you.I loved your poem.

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