Anne Frank tree spared axe for now


A Dutch court postponed the planned felling of a legendary tree outside the Anne Frank house.

The more than century-old chestnut tree outside the Amsterdam house where the Jewish teenager hid from the Nazis has become sick recently and was ordered cut down by the municipality in the interests of public safety.

But an administrative court, having heard petitions by a group of private citizens and a green lobby, issued a stay late Tuesday. The court ordered further investigation into whether the tree can be saved.

Frank saw the tree from her hiding place and mentioned it in her diary, which was published after her death in a concentration camp and became a classic of World War II literature.

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