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Toys belonging to Anne Frank discovered

Old neighbor finds marbles, doll's tea service and a book given to her for safekeeping by Jewish girl in 1942

Childhood belongings of Anne Frank have turned up almost 70 years after her death, the Anne Frank Foundation announced on Monday in Amsterdam.

Toosje Kupers, a girl that lived near Anne Frank in Amsterdam, donated a tin box containing marbles that were given to her for safekeeping together with a doll's tea service and a book by the Jewish girl shortly before the Frank family went into hiding from the Nazis in 1942.

The now 83-year-old Kupers told a Dutch broadcaster that after the end of World War II she had offered to return the items to Otto Frank, Anne's father and the only surviving member of the family.

Otto Frank told Kupers she could keep the marbles.

For years, Kupers recounts, the tin box remained in a cupboard in her home and were only found again during a recent house move.

The items are to be put on display in an exhibit on World War II opening on Tuesday in Rotterdam's Kunsthal museum.

Anne Frank became widely famous posthumously for the diary she kept during her period of hiding from the Nazis, which has been published in more than 60 different languages.



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