Anne Frank House museum: Jewish diarist likely died earlier

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New research by the Anne Frank House museum shows that the Jewish girl whose World War II diary about her life hiding made her a symbol for all Holocaust victims likely died earlier than previously thought.

Visitors look at portraits of victims at the Holocaust Museum in the town of Kalavryta, western Greece. (Associated Press)
Visitors look at portraits of victims at the Holocaust Museum in the town of Kalavryta, western Greece. (Associated Press)

The conclusion was published Tuesday on the 70th anniversary of the official date of the deaths of Anne and her sister Margot that was set by Dutch authorities after the war.

Researchers Erika Prins and Gertjan Broek, however, say that Anne and Margot likely died of typhus in February 1945.

The research based on a combination of eyewitness accounts and documents, and at least one new interview, also once more underscores the horrific conditions Jews endured in the Bergen-Belsen camp where Anne died at the age of 15.

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