Anne Frank's Marbles Found, Go on Display

Childhood friend still had them after all these years

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Feb 4, 2014 4:03 PM CST

(Newser) – Shortly before Anne Frank and her family went into hiding from the Nazis, she gave some of her toys to a non-Jewish girlfriend who lived in the building next door. The Anne Frank House Museum says the toys have now been recovered, and Anne's tin of marbles will go on display tomorrow at the Kunsthal art gallery in Rotterdam. The neighbor, Toosje Kupers, kept the marbles along with a tea set and a book. It was only when Kupers, 83, was moving last year that she thought to mention the marbles to the museum.

Kupers told Dutch national broadcaster NOS that she didn't consider the marbles that special. She said shortly before the Frank family left the square they both lived on, Anne approached her for a favor. "I'm worried about my marbles, because I'm scared they might fall into the wrong hands," Kupers said Anne told her. "Could you keep them for me for a little while?" Adds the museum chief: Everyone knows Anne from her diary, but "the marbles are a reminder that she was just a little girl."

In this May 1941 photo provided by the Anne Frank House Museum, Anne Frank, left, plays with her friend Hanneli Goslar, right, on the Merwedeplein square in Amsterdam.   (Uncredited)
Anne Frank's tin of marbles, kept all these years by a friend.   (Diederik Schiebergen)
In this 1940 photo provided by the Anne Frank House Museum, Toosje Kupers, center, poses with two girls in Amsterdam.   (Uncredited)
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