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Marbles that belonged to Anne Frank re-discovered

A neighbor of Anne Frank, Toosje Kupers, kept the marbles, along with a tea set and a book, as a favor.

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A neighbor of Anne Frank, Toosje Kupers, kept the marbles, along with a tea set and a book, as a favor.

AMSTERDAM — Shortly before Anne Frank and her family went into hiding from the Nazis, she gave some of her toys to a non-Jewish girlfriend who lived in the building next door.

The Anne Frank House
Museum says the toys have been recovered and Anne’s tin of marbles will go on display Wednesday at the Kunsthal art gallery in Rotterdam.

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The neighbor, Toosje Kupers, kept the marbles along with a tea set and a book. It was only when Kupers, 83, was moving last year that she thought to mention the marbles to the museum.

Kupers told Dutch national broadcaster NOS that she did not consider the marbles that special. She said shortly before the Frank family left the square they both lived on, the Merwedeplein, Anne approached her for a favor.

‘‘ ‘I’m worried about my marbles, because I’m scared they might fall into the wrong hands,’ ’’ Kupers said Anne told her. ‘‘ ‘Could you keep them for me for a little while?’ ’’

Anne and Toosje, frequent playmates in each other’s homes and on the square, could not have known that Anne would not be coming back, museum head of collections Teresien da Silva said.

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