Hannah Pick-Goslar, Holocaust survivor and one of Anne Frank’s best friends, has died aged 93.
Pick-Goslar died just two weeks before she turned 94. She is survived by her three children, 11 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.
The Anne Frank Foundation honored Pick-Goslar for helping to keep Frank’s memory alive by telling stories of their youth. Pick-Goslar is mentioned in Frank’s famous diary about his experience hiding from the Nazi occupiers of the Netherlands.
“Hannah Pick-Goslar meant a lot to the Anne Frank House, and we could always call on her,” the foundation said in a statement.
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The foundation said Pick-Goslar “shared her memories of their friendship and the Holocaust well into old age. She thought everyone should know what happened to her and her friend Anne, after the last diary entry. It doesn’t matter how bad the story is.”
Pick-Goslar was born in 1928 in Berlin-Tiergarten, according to the Anne Frank House Museum. She and her family moved to London, England in 1933 when the Nazis came to power.
She and her family then moved to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where she met Frank’s family. The two girls attended kindergarten together and became close friends.
But the friends were separated when the Frank family went into hiding in 1942.
About a year later, Pick-Goslar and his family were deported to Camp Westerbork. Nicknamed the “Gateway to Hell”, Westerbork was a transit camp before victims were taken to one of the larger concentration camps.
Pick-Goslar and her family were moved in 1944 to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where she would reunite with Frank the following year, shortly before Frank died of typhus there. Pick-Goslar and his younger sister Gabi were the only members of his family to survive the events at Bergen-Belsen.
In 1947, after being released, Pick-Goslar emigrated to what is now Israel, where she would become a nurse and marry.
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She recounted her friendship with Frank in a 1997 book by Alison Leslie Gold called “Memories of Anne Frank; Reflections of a Childhood Friend”. The book was turned into a movie released last year, titled “My Best Friend Anne Frank.”
Pick-Goslar is mentioned in Frank’s diary as Hanneli, the name Anne called her.
“Hanneli and Sanne were my two best friends. People who saw us together always said, ‘There’s Anne, Hanne and Sanne,'” Frank wrote on June 14, 1942.