childhood friend of Anne, Hannah Pick-Goslar, coincidentally ended up in
Bergen-Belsen, too. One night she heard a voice speaking Dutch across the
fence. The voice belonged to Mrs. van Pels, also held at Bergen-Belsen.
She brought Anne to the fence to speak to Hannah, although they couldn't
see each other because the fence was stuffed with straw. Hannah later told
her story in the book, "Memories of Anne Frank," by Alison
came to the barbed-wired fence. I couldn't see her. The fence and the
straw were between us. There wasn't much light. Maybe I saw her shadow. It
wasn't the same Anne. She was a broken girl, I probably was too, but it
was so terrible.
Janny Brandes-Brilleslijper, also held at the KZ camp Bergen-Belsen, later recalled Anne standing in the winter cold of Bergen-Belsen, wrapped only in a blanket. Beyond tears. She tells her moving story in Willy Lindwer`s excellent book The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank:
In Newsweek Magazine, July 21, 1997 another holocaust survivor, Irma Sonnenberg Menkel, tells the story of Anne Frank and her death in Bergen-Belsen "I saw Anne Frank Die":
of the children in my barracks toward the end of the war was Anne Frank,
whose diary became famous after her death. Typhus was a terrible problem
especially for the children. Of 500 in my barracks, maybe 100 got it, and
most of them died. Many others starved to death.
The children died anyway ... In the evening, we tried to help the sickest. In the morning, it was part of my job to tell the soldiers how many had died the night before. Then they would throw the bodies on the fire ...
Frank would say to me, "Irma, I am very sick." I said, "No,
you are not sick." She wanted to be reassured that she wasn't. When
she slipped into a coma, I took her in my arms.
In Willy Lindwer`s book The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank Rachel van Ameronger-Frankfoorder tells about the death of Anne Frank and her sister in Bergen-Belsen:
it was on one of those trips to the latrine that I walked past the bodies
of the Frank sisters, one or both - I don't know.