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Anne was in hiding from the Nazis in 1942 and 1943 in Amsterdam. During her period of hiding in the attic, the windows were mostly closed to keep the family in hiding, but they did have a small view into the back garden. It was in the back garden that Anne had a view of a chestnut tree that she often looked at and used it for comfort. She wrote about that particular tree several times in her diary that was published by her father after World War II ended. The thing that she witnessed was the tree's splendor through the seasons and through the years.
The two of us looked out at the blue sky, the bare chestnut tree glistening with dew, the seagulls and other birds glinting with silver as they swooped through the air,...
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