Everybody knows Jewish schoolgirl Anne Frank and her diary she kept while in hiding during the Nazi round-up of Jews. But, you didn’t know that a rare handwritten poem signed by Holocaust victim Anne Frank just sold at auction for 140,000 euros ($148,000) in the Netherlands. An eight-line poem was written in the “friendship book” of Christiane “Cri-Cri” van Maarsen, the older sister of Frank’s best friend, Jacqueline van Maarsen, according to auction house Bubb Kuyper in the city of Haarlem. It was written on March 28, 1942, just four months before her family was forced into hiding after the Germans invaded The Netherlands.
They were eventually betrayed to the Germans and Anne Frank died at just 15 in the Nazi death camp of Bergen-Belsen only a few months before the Second World War ended.
The only member of Anne Frank’s family to survive the Holocaust was her father Otto who was convinced by friends after the war to publish his daughter’s diaries. The book became a global bestseller, selling over 30 million copies in more than 60 languages.