AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS– Jannie Brandes-Brilleslijper, the last person known to have seen Anne Frank alive and a member of the Nazi resistance in occupied Netherlands, has died. She was 86.
Brandes-Brilleslijper died of heart failure Friday in Amsterdam, Anne Frank House Foundation spokeswoman Mariette Huisjes said Tuesday.
Brandes-Brilleslijper worked as a nurse in the Nazi camps where she provided clothing, medicine and food to fellow prisoners.
She saw Anne Frank two or three days before the Jewish diarist died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in the spring of 1945, at age 15.
She also told Otto Frank, Anne’s father, of his daughter’s death after the war.
“Anne was sick and hallucinating and had thrown away her clothes because she was afraid of lice. Ms. Brandes-Brilleslijper gave her clothes and some food,” Huisjes said.
“She mostly helped young people in the camps in those difficult times.”
Brandes-Brilleslijper and Anne Frank survived stays in the Westerbork and Auschwitz camps.
Anne Frank fled to the Netherlands with her parents in 1933 to escape Nazi persecution.
Her diary, which describes her family’s two years in an attic hideaway, is one of the world’s most widely read books.