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Thursday, November 29, 2007

More about Anne Frank's tree

The local board of whatever has decided to keep the tree, bracing it somehow to keep it together.

At annefrank.org. the offical website of the Secret Annex, they express worry. They believe there is no way to make the tree safe from falling. Worse, when it does fall theree's a chance that it may fall on the Secret Annex and destroy it.

The have a new tree ready, a graft from the original(not a seedling). It's about 2 meters tall and they expect it could grow to 10 metres in less than 10 years.

The Secret Annex people think a live "child" of the tree would make a better memorial than a preserved dead tree. Safety aside, I agree with them, and the safety issue worries me too.

I've checked the tree on the site's webcam recently on a windy day. Other trees were swaying in the wind, but the sick tree stood rigid, which is very bad. This indicates it's unhealthy and likely to break.

4 comments:

shadocat said...

gator, if the tree is truly dead, I'm for cutting it down and planting the sapling. A big dead tree is a dangerous thing to people and property, even if it is a famous tree. Perhaps the tree could be cut into pieces that could be sold, the proceeds going to preserving the secret annex, or other Jewish organizations? Just a thought...

little gator said...

shado-trees don't die as clearly and quickly as humans do, and defining even human death is the subject of enormous debate. A human can go from fully alive to fully dead in seconds, but trees may take years to do the same.

Tree surgeons will often call a tree dead even while it has areas of healthy green leaves.

At least 75% of the tree in incurably infected by fungus. At the same time, it is still showing some signs of life. In my opinion it's functionally dead, but that's just me, and whether a tree is alive or dead can be a very tricky thing.

At annefrank.org you can get more details. The building Anne hid in, as well as one next door, now belong to the museum, but the tree is on privately owned land nearby. So we have the Anne Frank House people, the local authorities, and the owner of the tree, all with their own idea and opinions.

Which makes more sense, keeping the actual corpse of the tree Anne saw and loved, or having a live, genetically identical replacement? I know what I'd prefer, but many people feel otherwise. It's a very complicated issue.

shadocat said...

Believe it or not, I actually learned a couple of things about trees in my 52 years on this planet. I know the death of a tree is quite different than the death of a human, and that parts of a tree can be fully alive, even when the tree is mostly dead.

However, a tree that is 75% dead has a much greater chance of being felled by nature in an uncontrolled fashion, posing a danger to living things all around it. Isn't it better to take the tree down in a controlled fashion, so that no one or no thing else is destroyed?

Aunt Soozie said...

Can I raise a topic here?
Maybe one of you divas can start a new post on this?
If you're interested?
My daughter has been very distressed about what she is hearing about the movie The Golden Compass.
She wants to see it and a kind of distant relation told her, on Thanksgiving, that she shouldn't see it because the author's purpose in writing the book was to more or less brainwash children into being atheists. My daugther didn't quite know how to handle that adult at Thanksgiving and she was upset and we discussed it later.

I told her how that relative probably heard that at her church (turns out she did) and that her church is very conservative and that we have a different point of view and that of course she can see the movie.

Then this evening she told me that her best friend, who attends a Catholic church said that she can't go to see that movie because it would "be a sin and she'd have to confess" and that the nuns said it's against god to see it.

Lordy, lordy! My kid had lots to talk about with me after that...

I read stuff online about the movie and the author.
I usually wait until stuff comes out on dvd but...I'm going to the theater with my kid for this one.
Tonight she said, "I feel really sorry for that guy."
What guy I asked. The guy who wrote that book. Everybody is picking on him and his beliefs.

yes, my child...there is ignorance...but, I think that guy is gonna be okay. and I think he's gonna make alot of money too.