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July 29, 2013


Photo: Barbara Rodbell and Anne Frank in a sand box
Amsterdam, 1937. Children sit in a sandbox, including Anne Frank (second from left) and Barbara Rodbell (second from right).
Barbara Rodbell

Growing Up With Anne Frank

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In 1933, when Nazi power was surging, Barbara Rodbell's family left Germany for Amsterdam. There, in the Jewish community, Barbara and her sister became good friends with Anne Frank and her family. The Nazis began to round up Jews in Amsterdam and at age 17, Barbara chose to hide in plain sight - to pass as a non-Jew. She took off her yellow star and obtained false identification papers. She connected with a group of resistance activists, and this is how she survived.


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