Anne Frank

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How a Holocaust Pendant Reunited a Family

The good-luck charm belonged to Karoline Cohn, 14, who perished at Sobibor

(Newser) - Chaim Motzen was intrigued when he read about a pendant excavated at a Nazi death camp with a possible link to Anne Frank. Engraved with "mazel tov"—"good luck" in Hebrew—the little charm belonged to Karoline Cohn, a 14-year-old Jewish girl killed at Sobibor. Motzen, an... More »

German Plan to Name Train After Anne Frank Condemned

Some displeased with the association

(Newser) - What could be as tasteless as an Anne Frank Halloween costume ? An Anne Frank train, say some in Germany. The state-owned Deutsche Bahn rail company is rolling out a new line of high-speed trains, and it came up with the seemingly innocuous plan of naming them after 25 historical... More »

Anne Frank Halloween Get-Up Doesn't Please Internet

Rep for HalloweenCostumes.com apologizes, says costume has been pulled from retailer's site

(Newser) - An online retailer has pulled a costume from its website that depicted Holocaust victim Anne Frank. Screenshots of the costume for sale at HalloweenCostumes.com posted to social media show a smiling girl wearing World War II-era clothing and a beret, the AP reports. The costume was quickly criticized on... More »

Former FBI Agent Investigating Cold Case: Anne Frank

He wants to find out how her family was discovered

(Newser) - How was Anne Frank's hiding place during the Holocaust discovered, leading to her death in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at age 15? It's a mystery that still has no answer, despite years of investigation by her father Otto (the only member of the family to survive the Holocaust)... More »

She Discovered Anne Frank Diary in Pile of Rejected Books

Judith Jones was a consummate literary editor

(Newser) - You may not know her name, but you know plenty of names because of her. Judith Jones, a consummate literary editor who helped revolutionize American cuisine by publishing Julia Child, has died at age 93. Jones, who spent more than 50 years at Alfred A. Knopf before retiring in 2011,... More »

In Nazi Death Camp, a Mysterious Link to Anne Frank

Pendant identical to hers found at Sobibor, believed to belong to girl the same age

(Newser) - Researchers excavating the remains of one of the most notorious Nazi death camps have uncovered a pendant that appears identical to one belonging to Anne Frank, Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial said Sunday. Yad Vashem says it has ascertained the pendant belonged to Karoline Cohn—a Jewish girl who... More »

Anne Frank May Not Have Been Betrayed

She may have been caught by chance, new study says

(Newser) - The answer to the question "Who betrayed Anne Frank" may be "Nobody," according to new research. A study released by the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam says that the hiding place of the Jewish teenager and her family may instead have been found by chance when... More »

Winning Bid for Anne Frank Poem Stuns Auctioneers

$148K selling price was 3 times the estimate

(Newser) - The Netherlands' Bubb Kuyper auction house expected the eight-line poem on a piece of old paper to sell for thousands. They just didn't expect to go for $148,000. For that price, an anonymous bidder has become the owner of a poem signed by Anne Frank on March 28,... More »

Judge Orders Man to Give Teen Prostitute Feminist Books

But one author says the john should read them instead

(Newser) - A judge in Rome handed down an unusual sentence to a man convicted of hiring a child prostitute, ordering him to give the 15-year-old girl 30 books on the subject of women's dignity, reports the BBC . In addition to two years in jail, the 35-year-old man must buy the... More »

Museum Peeved Over Anne Frank 'Escape Room'

Operator says it's 'an educational experience'

(Newser) - The Anne Frank Foundation has criticized an "escape room" made to look like the Amsterdam apartment where the teenage Jewish diarist hid with her family from the Nazis. According to its website , the Escape Bunker in Valkenswaard, Netherlands, has a room styled to look like the apartment. Visitors are... More »

Anne Frank's Stepsister Compares Trump to Hitler

'We haven't learned anything'

(Newser) - Anne Frank's stepsister is clearly not a fan of Donald Trump. If he becomes president, "it would be a complete disaster," says Eva Schloss, an Auschwitz survivor and childhood friend of Frank's. Her mother married Frank's father after the war. The reason Schloss' Trump criticism... More »

Auschwitz Medic, 95, Will Stand Trial

Hubert Zafke was there when train carrying Anne Frank arrived

(Newser) - A 95-year-old German man accused of serving as a medical orderly in a place where more than a million people were murdered will go on trial next month, a court has announced. According to an indictment, former SS sergeant Hubert Zafke was a paramedic at the Auschwitz extermination camp from... More »

Anne Frank's Diary Now Has a Co-Author

The new claim would extend the copyright on the diary for decades

(Newser) - The copyright on The Diary of Anne Frank—set to expire Jan. 1 in most of Europe—has been extended by at least 35 years after the Swiss foundation that holds the copyright claimed Anne's diary actually had a co-author: her father, the New York Times reports. Otto Frank... More »

Anne Frank Likely Died Earlier Than Thought

New date quashes idea she could have been rescued if she lived a few days more

(Newser) - Anne Frank likely died of typhus in a Nazi concentration camp about a month earlier than previously thought, the Amsterdam museum that honors her memory said today on the 70th anniversary of the officially recognized date of her death. Anne likely died, aged 15, at the Bergen-Belsen camp in February... More »

Anne Frank Tree Being Planted on Capitol Lawn

Sapling from original will grow there

(Newser) - A sapling grown from the chestnut tree that gave Anne Frank solace while hiding from the Nazis will be planted on the lawn of the US Capitol, reports AFP . The original tree collapsed in 2010 in Amsterdam, but it lives on in offshoots like the one that will be planted... More »

Suspect in Anne Frank Vandalism Nabbed in Japan

Man in Tokyo accused of damaging books in stores, libraries

(Newser) - It looks like Tokyo police have caught the person responsible for damaging hundreds of books related to the Holocaust and Anne Frank, including her diary , but not much is known about the suspect's background or motive. Authorities have identified him only as an unemployed 36-year-old man, reports the BBC... More »

Japan Mystery: Anne Frank's Diary Torn Apart

'We don't know why this happened or who did it,' says library council head

(Newser) - More than 100 copies of Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl, plus many other related works that make mention of her or the Holocaust, have been ripped apart recently in Tokyo—the capital of a country where sales of the diary are second only to those in... More »

Anne Frank's Marbles Found, Go on Display

Childhood friend still had them after all these years

(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... More »

Anne Frank Fund Blasts German TV Adaptation

But miniseries has backing of rival Anne Frank Foundation

(Newser) - With the 70th anniversary of Anne Frank's death fast approaching, there are no less than three biographical productions in the work—and the Anne Frank Fund is furious about one of them. German broadcaster ZDF has announce a live-action TV miniseries that will weave Frank's life into a... More »

Anne Frank's 'Tree' Is Stolen

Sapling grown from original is cut down in Germany

(Newser) - One of the saplings grown from Anne Frank's beloved chestnut tree has been cut down and stolen, reports the Jerusalem Post . Someone felled the 8-foot tree that had been planted outside the Anne Frank School in Frankurt, Germany, at some point over the last week. It was one of... More »

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