Preserving a piece of history

Canada
April 4, 2008 4:34pm CST
I have just come across this news article, and wanted to share it with all of you. It seems that the chestnut tree, that teenager Anne Frank could view from her attic hideout, had become diseased. Plans were in place to cut it down, but efforts are being made to save this tree, due to a protest by those in the neighbourhood. I feel that this is an important piece of history, and it needs to be remembered, in honour of Anne, and those who hid with her. This book is a favourite of mine, although I haven't read it in years. I've also seen several t.v. movies, depicting this timeless, and poignant story. Do you have a favourite book, that tells the true story of a period in history? Why is it your favourite? Do you think it's important to preserve historical items for future generations? http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080404/entertainment/anne_frank_s_tree
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• United States
7 Jun 08
I have read many books on this topic over the years Anne Frank being one of my favorites.I recently decided to go to counseling for an issue I have been having.Not having dealt with counseling or had any knowledge of who might be a good counselor I looked through my phone book to just pick out one that was close to my home,I came across the name Dr.Anne Frank I picked her because of her name and she has turned out to be a lot of help.I have never mentioned her name being the same because I figure everyone must mention it to her.However I really did pick her because of her name. Back to Anne Frank from the book,I found that book so tragic and yet so moving because it is written through a young girls eyes as she was going through.Not just memories and facts as someone remembered them years later.I can't imagine what it must have been like for all the people the Nazis' imprisoned and tortured throughout the time,I don't think any of us can. I think they should save that tree also,for all that was done to her and her family,but also because so much was taken from the Jewish people during this time.I think Germany should preserve anything and everything that could be considered remotely sentimental to these people. Jas
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• Canada
21 Jun 08
I too feel very deeply about the injustice (and that's putting it mildly), of this horrific period in history. It's totally beyond my comprehension, how there can even be people going around claiming that this never happened. There is so much proof out there. By the way, have you ever read Corrie Ten Boom's account of this, called 'The Hiding Place?' Such a moving story too. Take care.
• United States
22 Jun 08
I think I have read that book it sound familiar.I am going to have to look it up and see,if I haven't then I certainly will.I feel that the least we can do is hear their stories,I don't know of any other way to at least acknowledge what they went through.I can't imagine what it must have been like for all of them.There is a book devoted to just the twins,the children that some guy I think his name was mengele,unbelievable.He just took the twins for his experiments,he was supposed to be a doctor,and what he did to those children is horrifying. Jas
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• Canada
22 Jun 08
I have never heard of this twins book, but it sounds horrific too. I haven't watched one of the Anne Frank movies in quite sometime, or read the book, but I intend to do so again. My daughter (almost 17) wants to read the book, which I think is a very good thing.
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
5 Apr 08
Well I hope they succeed in saving that beautiful tree. I fully believe that historical items should be preserved because they are links to the past and should be kept in the best shape possible for our children's futures. I would have to say that the Diary of Anne Frank is one of my absolute favorites too. I remember watching the movie countless times as well as checking the book out from the library so many times that I think I drove the librarians crazy.
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• Canada
6 Apr 08
Hi Katlady, I hope they succeed as well, and thankfully, the neighbours wouldn't give up fighting for it. It had never even occurred to me, that there's an actual museum containing the small apartment. What an amazing, and emotional tour that would be. Even though many children find history boring (I never did), it's important for them to learn of these events, that helped shape the world, and hopefully to learn something positive from them. I would love to see the movie again. I'm sure it's available on dvd, in whatever version. Wasn't there one t.v. movie, where Melissa Gilbert played Anne? I know for sure that she played Helen Keller on t.v., in The Miracle Worker. That's another of my favourites. Thanks so much for sharing here.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
6 Apr 08
You know, I think Melissa Gilbert did do one where she played Anne. Now I'm going to have to go searching and find out for sure. LOL
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• Canada
7 Apr 08
If you find out, maybe you can let me know. I'd love to be able to see it again. Did you ever see her in The Miracle Worker? By the way, how are you feeling these days?
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
4 Apr 08
I do think it's a good idea to preserve history for the future generations. Although honestly, I'm sure how many people care about the past, it seems that everyone is wrapped in their own lives and that it is usually always about me, me, me. Maybe it has always been that way, I'm not sure anymore. Still though, it's good to have a record of past events, so we don't repeat them... although I am sad to say that we usually do anyways. It's been awhile since I read an historical book, I have a little more time on my hands now, so that may change. In fact I do have a biography of Samual Clemmons aka Mark Twain laying around that I've been wanting to read. That should prove interesting.
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• Canada
5 Apr 08
Hi filmbuff, I too think that this is a good idea, and I know that there are others out there, who love to visit historical sites, and value what they stand for. Although I haven't been able to do much of this, of late, I did have many opportunities for travel, when I was younger. I really enjoyed touring around, and visiting all of these sites. I know what you mean about history repeating itself, but still believe that the people of the world, can learn from their mistakes. I should be reading more often, and would like to start again, if I can budget my time a little differently. I too love the works of Mark Twain, and I'm sure this biography would be very interesting. I wish you all the best, and thanks so much for sharing here.
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
5 Apr 08
You're welcome, it was my pleasure. I did a lot of travelling in my youth as well, and I love seeing history.
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• Canada
6 Apr 08
Travelling is such a broadening experience, and I'd love to be able to do so again. However, these days, due to circumstances, it's only in my dreams. Reading the article about the tree, made me wish that I could visit that courtyard, and the museum that houses that tiny apartment. What an emotional time that would be.
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@zeraphina (116)
• India
9 Apr 08
Its very rare that I read a biography.. The only one I have read till now is The Diary Of Anne Frank.. And I will never regret it.. But I do feel that historical items , be it a tree or anything else should be preserved for the future as it is said Our History Is Our Future..
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• Canada
10 Apr 08
Hi zeraphina, I'll never regret reading this book either. It is such an amazing story of courage, hope, and sharing, during such a dark period in history. I really wish the outcome could've been a happy one, for Anne, as it saddens me to this day, when I'm reminded of this. You're right, despite all of the world's advancements, we need to be reminded of 'our' history. Thanks for your response, and welcome to myLot.
@mummymo (23707)
7 Apr 08
I have to agree with you sweetheart - it would be so sad to lose such a poignant piece of history as the tree that Anne Frank looked out on! I too loved that book and I am going to have to try and find it and read it again as it has been many years since I have done so! There are many books that are set in lots of periods of time through history that I really cannot pin down any particular favourite but if we come to very recent history my favourite author is probably Dave Pelzer and the fact that he suffered such horrible abuse during his childhood and still managed to live a decent and productive life! xxx
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• Canada
7 Apr 08
Hi mummymo, It would be really sad to lose it, so hope it can be saved. I wasn't even aware that the Anne Frank museum existed, prior to finding this article. I'd never really thought about it. I can only imagine the emotional experience it would be to tour it, and that tiny attic apartment where 'they' all hid. I should re-read the book too, or see if I can get ahold of a movie. There are several good ones that have been made. I've never heard of Dave Pelzer, but it sounds like a compelling story, although touching. I'm looking forward to 'talking' with you soon. Thanks so much for sharing here. Have a wonderful day. xxx
@4mymak (1796)
• Malaysia
7 Apr 08
"Anne Frank's Diary".. i luv that story,too.. i've never read the book - only watched the movie - but i luv it.. those were very scary times, werent they... i do think that it's important to preserve historical items - it is not the same as just reading about it... or watching a movie about it... i guess we need to somehow see it for real - you know the saying - "seeing is believing..." - much easier for humans to believe things - when there is 'proof' that comes with it...
• Canada
7 Apr 08
Hi 4mymak, The book is amazing, and so touching, although so very tragic. They were really scary times, and although they were before I was born, I consider them to be one of the darkest periods in human history. I love to travel, and used to do quite a bit of it, but not anymore. I was always fascinated with touring historical sites. As for the Anne Frank museum, I never knew such a place existed ... never thought of it really. That would be quite the place to visit. Thanks for sharing.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
6 Apr 08
yes ann frank is among my all time favourites, though a novel gone with the wind will always be one of my favourites, I heard about the tree several years ago as well. I do wish they will preserve it as well.
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• Canada
6 Apr 08
Hi winterose, I'd never heard that the actual tree was still standing in that courtyard, until seeing the article. Thankfully, the neighbours felt strong enough to ensure that they will attempt to save it. Gone With the Wind is a popular historical novel, for sure. Thanks for responding here.