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Friend tells of tragic last meeting with Anne Frank

March 10th, 2015

Years later, at Bergen-Belsen, the emaciated Frank told her she was hoping to use the diary to write a book about her experiences after the war. “If she was still alive, I am convinced that she would have become an excellent writer,” Mrs Konig said.

Mrs Konig, who appears in the diary under the false initials ES, spoke out about her childhood friend ahead of a new documentary on what happened to Frank and her family after the diary abruptly ends with her capture.

The two girls met in 1941 at a Jewish school in Amsterdam, where the Franks had fled in 1933 to escape the rise of Nazism in Germany, only to find themselves trapped when the Germans occupied the Netherlands.

In 1942, the Franks went into hiding. They survived in secrecy for two years, but were captured and taken to Auschwitz in 1944. Mrs Konig did not see her friend again until she spotted her in Bergen-Belsen, where Frank was transferred in late 1944. “I saw Anne walking on the other side of some barbed wire. I couldn’t go near it, though, I would have been tortured or killed,” she said.

Later the wire was taken down and the two girls were able to talk. “She was depleted, wrapped in blankets because her clothes were full of lice,” Mrs Konig said. “It was from Anne that I learnt what was happening in Auschwitz.”

Anne Frank: The Nazi Capture premieres Tuesday 10th March at 8pm on National Geographic Channel


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Royal tour: WW2 Spitfire pilot tells story of New Zealand fighter ace

April 9th, 2014

Mr Bunt will tell the Duke and Duchess the extraordinary story of his former station commander Lt Keith “Grid” Caldwell, New Zealand’s highest-scoring fighter ace of the Great War.

Caldwell, who survived the First World War, served as an officer in the Second World War and lived until 1980, was facing certain death when his biplane was damaged at 7,000ft, but managed to guide it down towards the ground by stepping out onto the wing and using his body weight to stabilise it while leaning into the cockpit and holding the joystick.

Mr Bunt gave The Telegraph a preview of the story he will tell the Duke on a visit that he is sure the Duke, himself a pilot, will thoroughly enjoy.


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