A set of marbles owned by Anne Frank is set to go on display near Amsterdam today.
The toy was recovered with help from the Anne Frank House Museum, decades after the Holocaust diarist gave the marbles to a non-Jewish girlfriend for safekeeping.
“I’m worried about my marbles, because I’m scared they might fall into the wrong hands,” Toosje Kupers, now 83, said Anne told her just before going into hiding, according to Dutch broadcaster NOS. “Could you keep them for me for a little while?”
Kupers found the marbles last year while preparing to move. Now, the set will go on exhibit for the public at the Kunsthal art gallery in Rotterdam.
Anne and Toosje were childhood playmates and both lived in the same square. When the Franks went into hiding, the Kupers also took in the Jewish family’s cat, Moortje.
“So many people know about Anne Frank because of the diary, which was written under such unusual circumstances,” museum head of collections Teresien da Silva said. “(But) the marbles are a reminder that she was just a little girl.”
Anne’s family was betrayed and discovered in their hiding spot in 1944. The young girl died at Bergen-Belsen at the age of 15.