"Hanneli": Anne Frank's best friend died – Hannah Pick-Goslar was 93

Holocaust survivor Hannah Pick-Goslar - Anne Frank's best friend - has died at the age of 93.

"Hanneli": Anne Frank's best friend died – Hannah Pick-Goslar was 93

Holocaust survivor Hannah Pick-Goslar - Anne Frank's best friend - has died at the age of 93. This was announced by the Anne Frank Foundation on Friday evening at its headquarters in Amsterdam.

The two Jewish girls knew each other from kindergarten and attended the same schools in Dutch exile. They last saw each other again in 1945 on German soil in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp – shortly before Anne Frank's death. Her diary is one of the best-known documents from the Nazi dictatorship in the world.

According to the foundation, Pick-Goslar died on Friday at her home in Jerusalem. Up until old age she kept reporting on her experiences with the persecution of the Jews and her friendship with girls. She called it her duty, "because I survived and Anne didn't." In her diary from the Amsterdam hiding place from the German National Socialists, Anne Frank also wrote about Hannah - "Hanneli", as she called her.

The foundation recognized Pick-Goslar's commitment. "Everyone should know what happened to her and her friend Anne from the moment Anne's diary ends, horrific as that story is," the foundation writes on its website. There are also books and films about the friendship between the two Jewish girls. The Dutch film "My Best Friend Anne Frank" was released just last year.

Pick-Goslar was born in Berlin in 1928. After the Nazis seized power in 1933, her family emigrated first to London and then to Amsterdam, where Hannah met Anne.

Anne Frank and her family went into hiding in 1942, were discovered in 1944 and deported. Only the father Otto Frank survived. Hannah was deported with her family in 1943 and sent to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in February 1944. After the liberation, she emigrated to what is now Israel in 1947.

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