New Details Emerge From Anne Frank's Last Weeks

Told fairy tales to smaller children at Bergen Belsen
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2010 6:43 AM CDT
New Details Emerge From Anne Frank's Last Weeks
In this b/w handout photo made available on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 by Yad Vashem holocaust memorial, Jerusalem, Anne Frank is seen.   (AP Photo/Yad Vashem Photo Archive)

(Newser) – Anne Frank spent the final weeks of her life distracting younger children from the horrors of the Nazi concentration camp in which she ultimately died by telling them fairy tales, says a Dutch woman who as a six-year-old was interned with her at the Bergen Belsen camp. In a new memoir, Berthe Meijer recalls the 15-year-old Anne as a gifted storyteller who told fairy tales "in which nasty things happened, and that was of course very much related to the war," Meijer said.

Authorities on Frank's life are split on whether to believe Meijer. "It could very well be true," said a spokeswoman for the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, but a childhood friend of Frank's who also survived Bergen Belsen disagreed: "In that condition, you almost died," she said. "You had no strength to tell stories." (Read more Anne Frank stories.)

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