Shalom Life | April 12, 2014

Anne Frank's Toys Rediscovered

Marbles that Frank left with a friend have been rediscovered and will go on display at Rotterdam Gallery

By: Daniel Koren

Published: February 4th, 2014 in News » World

The Anne Frank House Museum has announced that a tin of marbles that once belonged to Anne Frank have been rediscovered, and will go on display for the first time ever at Rotterdam Gallery in Amsterdam.

Shortly before Anne Frank and her family left their home to go into hiding and escape Nazi persecution, the young writer had left a few toys with a non-Jewish friend and neighbour.

The neighbour, Toosje Kupers, kept the marbles, along with other items Frank had left with her, including a book and a tea set, reports the Associated Press.

Upon being interviewed by the Anne Frank House Museum, Kupers realized the toys would be of interest to scores of people around the world, both Jewish and non-Jewish, for Frank was representative of a shining light at one of the darkest periods in history.

Kupers subsequently donated them to the House, which will put them on display beginning this week.

As noted by spokeswoman for the Museum, Annemarie Bekker, Anne Frank was one of several Jewish children who had donated toys to others before being deported, or going into hiding during the Holocaust.

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