What Happened To Anne Frank's Best Friend Hannah Goslar?

Streaming on Netflix on February 1, the Dutch feature film "My Best Friend Anne Frank" (pictured above) tells the story of Anne Frank and her harrowing experience at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp during World War II. As the movie reveals, Frank had a friend in those unbelievable circumstances named Hannah Goslar, a girl Frank knew from before the war. Frank referred to Goslar as Lies Goosens in her diary, later to be published as the bestselling "Diary of a Young Girl," better known as "The Diary of Anne Frank," according to Encyclopedia.

The relationship between Frank and Goslar would be one of the most important in Anne's life, cut tragically short in 1945. Without a doubt, it was also one of the most pivotal developments in Goslar's life as well. Since then, much has been written about what happened to Anne Frank. But what happened to Anne Frank's best friend, Hannah Goslar? As the Florida International University website reports, the answer to that question proves that much of World War II's history continues to live around us, even today.

She lives in Israel

Per the FIU website, at the time of this writing. Hannah Goslar (above), now in her 90s, is alive and well and living in Jerusalem. Prior to the war, she lived near the Franks and was friendly with the outgoing Anne, based on Goslar's recollection. Soon, Goslar and the Frank family were captured and sent to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. While there, Goslar and Frank were able to maintain their relationship, speaking through barbed wire as best they could. One can only imagine how comforting it must have been for those two young women to have one another in those desperate conditions.

As history records, Anne Frank did not survive her concentration camp experience, but Goslar, and Frank's father, Otto Frank, did survive. As the Encyclopedia website relates, after the war, Otto Frank helped Goslar move to Israel, where she continues to live and speak about her experiences in World War II to this very day (via FIU). Much of what we know about Goslar and Frank's relationship comes not just from Anne Frank's diary, but also from Goslar's memoir, "Memories Of Anne Frank: Reflections of a Girlhood Friend," first published in 1999, according to Goodreads.