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Anne Frank’s Marbles Found

The Anne Frank House Museum has announced that toys Anne Frank gave away before she and her family went into hiding were recovered, and her tin of marbles is going on display this week, at the Kunsthal art gallery in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Fox News reported.

On July 6, 1942, about two years after the beginning of the Nazi occupation, the Frank family went into hiding in a concealed apartment above a warehouse.

Their neighbor, Anne’s non-Jewish girlfriend Toosje Kupers, now 83, who lived in the building next door, kept the marbles, a tea set and a book. But last year, when she was moving, it occurred to her to turn them over to the museum.

She told the Dutch national broadcaster NOS that shortly before the Frank family left the Merwedeplein neighborhood, Anne approached her for a favor.

“‘I’m worried about my marbles, because I’m scared they might fall into the wrong hands,’” Kupers said Anne told her. “‘Could you keep them for me for a little while?’”

In August 1944, the Frank family was betrayed, arrested and deported.

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4 Responses to “Anne Frank’s Marbles Found”

  1. John Keytack says:

    Poor child. Memory eternal.

  2. Terry Beals says:

    Thanks, Toosje. Wonderful story.

  3. we will never forget you. never.

  4. “‘I’m worried about my marbles, because I’m scared they might fall into the wrong hands,’” Kupers said Anne told her. “‘Could you keep them for me for a little while?’”

    That's one of the saddest things I've ever read. Such innocence and kindness should be protected and cherished.

    She gave her marbles away to protect them. The ones who turned her family in and the ones who took them away lost their marbles.

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