Berthe Meijer

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Berthe Meijer
Berthe Meijer

21 April 1938
Died 10 July 2012 (aged 74)
Residence Amsterdam
Occupation Author, Journalist
Spouse(s) Gary Goldschneider

Berthe Meijer (21 April 1938 – 10 July 2012) was a Holocaust survivor and author.

Early life

Meijer was born in Germany to a Jewish family in 1938. Before the World War II, she lived on the same street in Amsterdam where Anne Frank attended a Montessori school.[1] However, they were acquaintances before. Because the members of both families had fled Germany during the rise of Hitler's regime and had begun to reside in the tightly-knit Jewish community in Amsterdam.[2]

They were caught by Nazis in early 1944 and deported from the Netherlands in March 1944.[2] They were also both imprisoned at Bergen-Belsen at the same time.[3] However, Frank and her older sister, Margot Frank, died in a typhus epidemic two weeks before the camp was liberated, while Meijer was released in April 1945 after 13 months.[1][2] After liberation, Meijer grew up in a Jewish orphanage since her parents had died at Bergen Belsen in January 1945.[2][4]


Meijer published in 2010 her memoir entitled Life After Anne Frank. The book includes her experience. It states that Frank sisters had told fairytales to her and other Dutch-speaking children while at Bergen-Belsen and that they, among others, sometimes took care of Dutch children while in the camp. Frank had once attempted writing fairytales. These last two claims were supported by other Holocaust survivors, and the claim of Frank telling fairytales was neither proven nor disproven.[3]

In addition to her memoir, Meijer was a culinary journalist who published columns in the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad, as well as a cookbook.[3][5]


Meijer died of cancer on 10 July 2012.[1][4] She was survived by her husband, Gary Goldschneider, her sister, her son and two grandchildren.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Berthe Meijer, Dutch Jewish author and Holocaust survivor, dies at 74". Haaretz. The Associated Press. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d Elzinga, Evert (17 March 2010). "Memoir: Anne Frank remained a storyteller at Nazi camp". USA Today. AP. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "Dutch Holocaust survivor Berthe Meijer, whose life intersected with Anne Frank's, dies at 74". The Washington Post. The Associated Press. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Sterling, Toby (11 July 2012). "Dutch Holocaust survivor, author Meijer dies". The Kansas City Star. The Associated Press. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Berthe Meijer, author of 'Life After Anne Frank,' dies". JTA News. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
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