The Secret Annex
"The Annex is an ideal place to hide in. It may be damp and lopsided, but there's probably not a more comfortable hiding place in all of Amsterdam. No, in all of Holland," Anne Frank states in her diary. Compared to other hiding places where Jews and wanted people by the Nazis, the Secret Annex was big enough to fit two families. Father Voskuijl, the warehouse manager, created the the moveable bookcase in front of the Secret Annex to keep it a secret. Due to being caught, only the attic window is open, where Anne liked to get fresh air and see the chestnut tree. During the day, the people try to flush as least as possible, because people working in the warehouse located downstairs can hear the flush through the waste pipes.
The Chestnut Tree
"Nearly every morning I go to the attic to blow the stuffy air out of my lungs, from my favorite spot on the floor I look up at the blue sky and the bare chestnut tree, on whose branches little raindrops shine, appearing like silver, and at the seagulls and other birds as they glide on the wind. As long as this exists, I thought, and I may live to see it, this sunshine, the cloudless skies, while this lasts I cannot be unhappy," says Anne Frank, in her diary. Over the years, the tree has deteriorated because of fungi and a moth infestation. Due to the risks of the tree falling down, the Borough Amsterdam Centrum ordered for the tree to be cut down, but a judge issued an injunction to stop the removal temporarily. Supporters of the Foundation Support Anne Frank Tree suggested supporting construction, and decided to take care of the tree. On August 23, 2010, due to high winds, the tree was blown down and fell across a garden wall and garden sheds.