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German school’s Anne Frank chestnut tree cut and destroyed

By Mason White 6:21 PM December 12, 2013
An Anne Frank chestnut tree 

By: David Ross
Vandals cut down and destroyed Anne Frank’s chestnut tree that was planted in a school outside Frankfurt, Germany.

Police said that a sapling cloned tree, which lifted the spirits of Anne Frank as she hid from the Nazis in Amsterdam, during World War Two, has been cut and stolen from a school in Frankfurt, carrying the name of Anne Frank.

Manfred Fuellhardt, a spokesperson for the police, said on Wednesday, the 8 foot tall tree was cut down over the weekend, which was planted on the grounds of the Anne Frank School.

Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt, and died in the concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen. She made ​​several references to a chestnut tree outside her home in the diary she kept during the 25 months she hid from the Nazis.

The tree blew over in a storm in 2010, but dozens of young cloned trees have been planted around the world, including the one donated to the Frankfurt School in 2008.