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#AnneFrank 's first cousin Buddy Elias shares memories of having Anne as his beloved childhood friend

's first cousin Buddy Elias shares memories of having Anne as his beloved childhood friend

Anne Frank (1929-1945) Dutch, Jewish author. Anne Frank’s diary is one of the most widely read books in the world. It reveals the thoughts of a young, yet surprisingly mature 13-year-old girl, confined to a secret hiding place. “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.”

Anne Frank poses in 1941 in this photo made available by Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (can't lie, this reminded me of The Fault in Our Stars)

Queen Beatrix meets family and old friends of Anne Frank during the opening of the renewed museum in 1999.  From left to right: Til Gardeniers, chair of the board of the Anne Frank House, Queen Beatrix Eva Schloss, Hannah Pick-Goslar, Jacqueline Sanders-van Maarsen, Miep Gies and Buddy Elias.

Queen Beatrix meets family and old friends of Anne Frank during the opening of the renewed museum in 1999. From left to right: Til Gardeniers, chair of the board of the Anne Frank House, Queen Beatrix Eva Schloss, Hannah Pick-Goslar, Jacqueline Sanders-van Maarsen, Miep Gies and Buddy Elias.

<strong>Not published in LIFE.</strong> The former Barbara Ledermann, now Mrs. Martin Rodbell, with her family in Maryland, 1959.

Anne Frank's Friends: Photos of the Girls Who Lived

LIFE commemorates Anne Frank's unconquerable spirit -- and the lives of several of her friends who survived World War II and the Holocaust.

Mary Bos

Mary Bos Schneider, who went to school with Anne Frank, points to a photo of Anne Frank’s tenth birthday party, that she attended. Mary Bos is mentioned by name in Anne Frank’s diary entry on Thursday, Jan.

Anne frank tree saplings planted -  Anne's childhood friend, Hannah Pick-Gosslar, waters a sapling from the chestnut tree that Anne wrote about in her diary. 26 March 2012.

Anne frank tree saplings planted - Anne's childhood friend, Hannah Pick-Gosslar, waters a sapling from the chestnut tree that Anne wrote about in her diary.

A page from Dutch ladies magazine Libelle. Anne cut out the picture of actress Maria Louise Claudius. During the hiding period she gave it to Peter who pasted it to the wall above the door of his room. Unfortunately, the picture was lost during the restauration in the late 1950’s.

A page from Dutch ladies magazine Libelle. Anne cut out the picture of actress Maria Louise Claudius. During the hiding period she gave it to Peter who pasted it to the wall above the door of his room. Unfortunately, the picture was lost during the restauration in the late 1950’s.

Otto Frank (standing, right) with his siblings Robert, Leni, and Herbert, Germany, 1915.

Otto Frank serves in the German army on the Western Front. Brothers Robert and Herbert also serve in the army. His mother and sister are volunteers in a military hospital in Frankfurt am Main.

Hermann van Pels began working with Otto Frank in 1938. Miep Gies remembers him as “tall, large man” and “quite an agreeable sort, [who] had no trouble fitting into the routine” in the company.

The story of Anne Frank: Who is who in the Secret Annex

Hermänn van Pels began working with Otto Frank in Míëp Gíës remembers him as 'tall man, quite an agreeable sort, who fit easily into the company's routine'. Hermänn van Pels died in the gas chambers at Aüschwítz, soon after his arrival there in

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