Anne Frank may have died earlier than it was previously thought. According to Yahoo! News, a new study seems to prove that Frank, and her sister Margot died in February 1945 at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in northern Germany, about one month before it was originally documented. The research was based on information from the Red Cross as well as several eyewitness testimonies.
“New research… has shed fresh light on the last days of Anne Frank and her sister Margot. Their deaths must have occurred in February 1945,” said the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam in a statement. What was discovered was that Anne and Margot both came down with symptoms of typhus in January of 1945.
This would mean that Anne Frank died earlier than late March because people with typhus usually live about 12 days after symptoms appear. According to Health Line, a typhus infection can be fatal if it’s not treated properly.
“Treatment focuses on using antibiotic medication to stop the infection. Untreated typhus can lead to serious complications and be potentially fatal. Prevention of typhus is easier than treatment. Methods of prevention focus on destroying or avoiding arthropod infestations.”
Sources say that Anne and Margot Frank were both showcasing symptoms of typhus (symptoms include high fever, headache, chills, body rash) in January. That would mean that they would have both passed away within two weeks, meaning that neither of them lived to see March of that year.
According to the Times Of Israel, the exact date of Anne’s death is still unknown. The new information is very telling, however, and is being looked at as factual. For this reason, the Anne Frank House has made the announcement. The report claims that the information was released today on the “70th anniversary of the official date of the sisters’ deaths set by Dutch authorities after the war.”
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, a documentary called Anne Frank: Beyond the Diary, featuring her stepsister, Eva Schloss, will be featured on the American Heroes Channel during Holocaust Week next month.
“Schloss was not only Frank’s stepsister, but a childhood friend who became an Auschwitz survivor. The two girls first met while they were 11-years-old in Amsterdam, after their displacement there by the reigning Nazi regime. Anne and Eva were playing outside their apartment building, and little did they know that one day they would become stepsisters, much less that one of them would write one of the most compelling and most read first-person narratives of all time.”
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