A Holocaust survivor and Anne Frank’s childhood friend has revealed details of their final meeting together at Bergen-Belsen.
In her memoir, published on June 8 and which has been serialised in The Sun, Hannah Pick-Goslar shares that when Hitler rose to power, her family moved from Germany to Amsterdam, where they met the Franks in 1934.
The two girls went to school together and were neighbours, with the families sharing Jewish holidays and Shabbat dinners.
Hannah, who died just before her 94th birthday in October 2022, visited Anne's house on July 6, 1942, but was told that she was no longer there, believing her friend had moved to Switzerland to be with her grandmother. In truth, the family were hiding in a secret annex in a building that Otto Frank had once used for business.
When the Franks were betrayed and discovered in August 1944, they were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau before Anne and her sister Margot were moved to Bergen-Belsen.
Hannah was in the same concentration camp but since her father had worked as deputy minister for domestic affairs, they were classed as protected Jews and so were kept separate from others in the camp.
Hannah Pick-Goslar's book is out this week (Photo: Penguin Random House)
The two girls managed a short conversation while hiding from concentration camp guards.
Hannah wrote that when she saw Anne, they both broke into tears as she discovered the story about the Frank family going to Switzerland was a ruse.
Hannah wrote: "Anne quickly explained where they had been. We were in hiding in my father’s office, upstairs in rooms behind a secret door.
"We were there for over two years. Two years I never stepped outside,’ she said, her words now rushing out."
Anne told her friend that after being safe from the Nazis, deportation and concentration camps for two years, someone had betrayed them.
She also told her friend that they had taken her hair, which was Anne's favourite feature, the book said. Hannah added: "And she was freezing, she told me, dressed only in rags. I shuddered thinking of her totally exposed to the freezing wind and rain blowing around us."
Anne said her sister was ill with typhus and that her parents were both dead - even though in the end, her father Otto was the only member of the family to survive the Holocaust.
The pair met in Amsterdam after emigrating from Germany (Photo: Getty)
After exchanging further updates about their life, Anne was heartbroken when she said: "I have no one."
Anne asked Hannah if she could bring her some food as she was "absolutely starving". They told each other they would meet again in two nights but that was their last conversation.
Anne contracted typhus and died in the concentration camp shortly after her sister Margot.
Her father then found Anne's diary and published it after the war. It has now been translated into more than 70 languages.