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The Girl Who Consoled Anne Frank

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Today would have been the 89th birthday of Anne Frank, one of the millions of victims of the Holocaust and an eternal symbol for all that was lost during this dark chapter in history. And today Ynet News tells us about the passing of a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor who was also the young woman who cared for Anne as she lay dying of typhus in the Bergen Belsen concentration camp:

Gena Turgel, a Holocaust survivor who comforted Anne Frank at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp before the young diarist's death and the camp's liberation a month later, has died. She was 95...

Born in Krakow, Poland as Gena Goldfinger on Feb. 1, 1923, Turgel and her family were forced to move into a Jewish ghetto with only a sack of potatoes, some flour and a few belongings in late 1941. One brother was shot by SS police and another disappeared after trying to escape, according to the Holocaust Educational Trust in London.

A sister of hers was shot while trying to smuggle food into a labor camp. In January 1945, Turgel and her mother were forced onto a death march from Auschwitz to Buchenwald, leaving her remaining sister behind. In February 1945, they arrived at Bergen-Belsen in Germany.

It was in a hospital at Bergen-Belsen, where Turgel arrived in February 1945, that the 22-year-old Turgel cared for 15-year-old Anne Frank as she was dying from typhus.

"I washed her face, gave her water to drink, and I can still see that face, her hair and how she looked," Turgel once told the BBC...

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