Hannah Pick-Goslar, Holocaust Survivor And Best Friend Of Anne Frank, Dead At 93

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Hannah Pick-Goslar, one among Jewish diarist Anne Frank’s greatest pals, has died at age 93, the inspiration that runs the Anne Frank Home museum mentioned.

The Anne Frank Basis paid tribute to Pick-Goslar, who’s talked about in Anne’s world-famous diary about her life in hiding from the Netherlands’ Nazi occupiers, for serving to to maintain Anne’s reminiscence alive with tales about their youth.

“Hannah Pick-Goslar meant a lot to the Anne Frank House, and we could always call on her,” the inspiration mentioned in an announcement. It didn’t give particulars or the reason for her dying.

Pick-Goslar grew up with Anne in Amsterdam after each their households moved there from Germany as Adolf Hitler’s Nazi celebration rose to energy. The buddies had been separated as Anne’s household went into hiding in 1942 however met once more briefly in February 1945, on the Bergen-Belsen focus camp in Germany, shortly earlier than Anne died there of typhus.

FILE – Hannah Pick-Goslar, then 69, childhood buddy of Anne Frank, is interviewed by the Related Press at her Jerusalem residence, Israel, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 1998. Hannah Pick-Goslar, one among Jewish diarist Anne Frank’s greatest pals, has died at age 93, the inspiration that runs the Anne Frank Home museum mentioned Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photograph/Jacqueline Larma, File)

Earlier than World Struggle II, their households lived subsequent door to 1 one other in Amsterdam, and Anne and Hannah went to high school collectively.

Pick-Goslar recalled attending her buddy’s thirteenth party and seeing a red-and-white checkered diary that Anne’s dad and mom gave their daughter as a present. Anne went on to fill it together with her ideas and frustrations whereas hiding from the Nazis in a secret annex in Amsterdam. Anne’s father, Otto, revealed the diary after the struggle.

Pick-Goslar recounted their friendship in a guide by Alison Leslie Gold known as “Memories of Anne Frank; Reflections of a Childhood Friend.” The guide was changed into a movie, launched final yr, titled “My Best Friend Anne Frank.”

In a 1998 interview with The Related Press, she mentioned of Anne: “Today, everyone thinks she was someone holy. but this is not at all the case.” “She was a girl who wrote beautifully and matured quickly during extraordinary circumstances,” Pick-Goslar mentioned.

Pick-Goslar is talked about within the diary, referred to by the title Anne known as her: Hanneli. On June 14, 1942, Anne wrote: “Hanneli and Sanne used to be my two best friends. People who saw us together always used to say: ‘There goes Anne, Hanne and Sanne.’”

The Anne Frank Basis mentioned Pick-Goslar “shared her memories of their friendship and the Holocaust into old age. She believed everyone should know what happened to her and her friend Anne after the last diary entry. No matter how terrible the story.”

Pick-Goslar final noticed her buddy in early February 1945, a couple of month earlier than Anne died of typhus in Bergen-Belsen and two months earlier than the Allies liberated the camp.

They had been held in numerous sections, separated by a tall barbed-wire fence. On occasion, they pressed as much as the fence to talk to one another.

“I have no one,″ Anne once told her friend, weeping.

At the time, the Nazis had shorn Anne’s dark locks. “She always loved to play with her hair,″ Pick-Goslar told the AP. “I remember her curling her hair with her fingers. It must have killed her to lose it.”

Pick-Goslar emigrated in 1947 to what’s now Israel, the place she turned a nurse, married and had three kids. Her household grew to incorporate 11 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. She used to say of her massive household: “This is my answer to Hitler,” the Anne Frank Basis mentioned.