What Was Anne Frank Really Like?

Video highlights from Anne Frank: After The Annex

National Geographic speaks to her childhood friends

We all know her famous diary, perhaps even studied it in school, but what was Anne Frank like as a person?

National Geographic spoke to two of her childhood friends to find out.

Hannah Pick-Goslar and Nanette Konig, both in their eighties, were close to Anne as young girls.

Hannah, now living in Israel, attended Sixth Public Montessori School (now named Anne Frank School) in Amsterdam with Anne. She later met up with Anne in the concentration camp Bergen-Belsen.

‘She was very clever. A little like a cat,” says Hannah. “It was very nice to be friends with her. She was really a clever little girl.”

In June 1943, Hannah and her family were incarcerated at Westerbork transit camp and later moved to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where she stumbled upon Anne Frank.

“When I heard Anna is there I couldn’t believe it,” recalls Hannah. “First thing when we met we were crying, because it was really miracle that we met each other in millions of people.”

“It was not the same Anna I knew from Holland, the nice little spicy girl. She was frightened and she was without hope. It was awful.”

For more on Anne Frank’s final days, and Nanette’s recollections of her childhood friend, watch Anne Frank: After The Annex – Saturday at 7.30pm on National Geographic Channel

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