A new outlook


On the 23rd of August, 2010, the huge chestnut tree tumbled in a storm. Only the stump still stood, and a thick tangled mass of shoots sprang off his healthy side. One of them was chosen to go on growing, he should give a second life to the Anne Frank chestnut. A tree expert has tied him up onto a thick bamboo pole, with the hope that he should be powered by the huge root system of the old tree that feeds him with his overflowing juices. Trees have eternal life, say some tree experts. But this hope was disappointed. Also this shoot of the meaningful tree could not resist to the deadly fungus.

However this is not the end of history. Now the huge, symbolic tree carry on his message of hope, tolerance, and respect for life in all its diversity by his seedings. Out ​​of his fruit, the chestnuts we collected each autumn, offshoots have grown in the meantime who have now made their way into the world: small trees, planted in different places on the planet during solemn ceremonies, meant to grow into living memorials of remembrance and of invoking a tolerant and peaceful world in which racism and oppression are neither practiced nor accepted by anyone anymore.

In many countries, as in the Netherlands, in France, in Spain, in Germany, in the United States, in South America, not to forget on the small Mediterranean island of Corsica, where the persecuted Jews were protected by a sacred law of hospitality: not one of them has been betrayed - everywhere descendants of the great tree have struck root in squares, in schoolyards, in museums, and other important public places.

Meanwhile, the World Tree Foundation has taken over the task of remembrance. It assists in planting and in supervision of the young trees, making it possible for them to grow into world trees, never to be threatened by a saw or an axe, to act as symbols of inviolable humanity.


Prof. dr. Helga Fassbinder

10 Ableger der Anne Frank Kastanie gepflanzt in Weira, Thüringen

Am 10.Juni 2011 wurden auf dem Gelände der Firma Cabka entlang der Anne-Frank-Strasse feierlich 10 Ableger der Anne Frank Kastanie gepflanzt. Der Festakt wurde durch den Regierungssprecher und Staatssekretär des Landes Thüringen Peter Zimmermann eröffnet. Anschließend betonten in ihren Ansprachen Landrat Frank Roßner und Gat Ramon, Cabka, die Bedeutung dieses Aktes als Mahnung zu Toleranz und Respekt vor Menschen, gleich welcher Rasse, Weltanschauung oder Religion sie sein mögen, und unterstrichen die Aktualität dieses Appels angesichts des wieder aufkeimenden Rechtsradikalismus. Die Nachkömmlinge der Anne Frank Kastanie sind lebendige Symbolträger dieser Mahnung. Helga Fassbinder las aus ihrer Publikation 'Annes Baum', die im Herbst im Verlag Dejongehond erscheinen wird. Roman Kupferschmidt gestaltete die musikalischen Intermezzi, Blanka Weber vom Deutschlandfunk moderierte.


Feierlich pflanzen Staatssekretär Peter Zimmermann und Gat Ramon den ersten Baum.


Neuerscheinung | Nouvelle publication


Helga Fassbinder

Eine Kastanie in Amsterdam

Un marronier d'Amsterdam

Ein Essay | Un essai


mit einer CD | avec un CD

Liedzyklus 'Annes Baum' |  Cycle de chansons  'L'arbre d'Anne'
Musik von | Musique de 
Johannes Eckmann

Liedtexte von | Chansons de
Jos Versteegen

mit | avec 

Foto’s von | des photos de
Helga Fassbinder


Les Editions Manson, Paris 2016

isbn 978 2 954 7220 2 3 | ean 978 2 954 7220 2 3



Seedlings of the Anne Frank tree planted in different places in Europe


As a living memorial of the evacuation of their neighbors from the 2.distric of Vienna, a neigborhood with formerly many jewish residents, a seedling of the Anne Frank tree has been planted in November 2015. This was organized by the district managment, the 'Gebietsbetreuung', and supported by schools of the area. Many girls and boys attend this event, the local mayor and the head of the district management reminded in their speeches these dark times, in a text by Helga Fassbinder a link was drawn to the fate of refugees of the present time.

A few months earlier, initiated by Peter Velter, children of a couple of schools in Brabant, in the South of the Netherlands, planted a seedling of the great famous Anne Frank tree, too.





This is press report of a planting of a seedling in a town in the North of Germany, in Syke, at the entrance of a school for professional school.