Unfortunately the famous old tree did not start a second life as many of us hoped
In the beginning after the fall of the tree, from the good part of it, which was not hurt by the fungus, several shoots have been coming out. The tree experts hoped that one of them would grow up to give the Anne Frank Tree ia second life. The Foundation Wereldboom (Worldtree) took care of the shoots of the old tree. But the hope did not come out. Now only a rest of the famous chestnut tree is over, fully covered by ivory.
Helga Fassbinder (Foundation Support Anne Frank Tree) and Ton Stokwielder (Foundation Worldtree) at the tree, 2011-08-25.
...Why didn't the support structure for the tree work?
The remains of the tree seized by the constructor
....After the fall of the tree
We received many, many emails and letters because of the fall of Anne Frank's tree. We really are touched by this. We thanks all of you very much! We did a great effort to answer to everybody individually but perhaps we could have missed one of the other of all these hundreds letters.
Many of the letters ask for a piece of wood of the tree – for artist work, for objects or just for remembrance.Thank you for very much your ideas on what to do with the Anne Frank chestnut tree. It showed a wonder world of creativity!
You might have seen in the press coverage that the fate of the wood of Anne Franks chestnut tree is, in fact, in the hands of the owner, Mr. Henric Pomes.The Foundation Support Anne Frank Tree took care for the tree and we did our best for it. But now we can not decide on our own about the wood – but we talk about your ideas with Mr. Pomes.
In principal Mr. Pomes has decided to offer the wood to a number of Jewish museums namely the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam, the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the Jewish Museum in New York providing a righteous and honorable place for the wood as a memorial to the Holocaust.
Nevertheless there is an other way left: our Foundation has still a few seedlings left from the Anne Frank tree. We give them away with a certification to donors. Unfortunately we still have a debt for care and construction. So if somebody wishes to have a vivid peace of the tree, this would be a possibility.
Was the battle to save the tree all for nothing?