"But then why have I been chosen to live, while she’s probably going to die?"

Anne Frank about her friend Hannah, diary entry from 27 November 1943

"We quickly became friends."

Hannah Goslar was about five years old when she first met Anne Frank in Amsterdam. The girls were in the same kindergarten and then the same school. They quickly became friends. However, Hannah did not learn that Anne and her family were hiding from the Gestapo. It was only two years later that they came into contact again – at a high wall made of barbed wire and straw in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Hannah tried to help her friend, but Anne, enfeebled, soon died of typhus. Seriously ill herself, Hannah survived and was later liberated in Tröbitz.

L. to r.: Hannah Goslar, Anne Frank, Dolly Citroen, Hanna Toby, Barbara Ledermann, Suzanne Ledermann (standing) in Amsterdam, 1937
The young Suzanne “Sanne” Ledermann, a close friend of Hannah Pick-Goslar and Anne Frank, was later murdered in Auschwitz.
Anne (l.) and Hannah (r.) on Merwedeplein in Amsterdam, 1939
Scene in Bergen-Belsen: Hannah tries to throw pieces of bread to Anne.
The girls can’t see each other. Between them is a high wall made of barbed wire and straw.

"First of all, to talk with each other, to talk …"

Hannah Pick-Goslar, 2022

Hannah Pick-Goslar, in April 1945 sixteen years old

Hannah Goslar was born into a religious Jewish family in Berlin in 1928. Her father worked as a civil servant in the Prussian State Ministry, her mother as a teacher. In 1933 the family emigrated to Amsterdam, where the mother died, in 1942, during the still birth of a third baby. In 1943, Hannah, her sister Gabi, and their father were deported to the Westerbork transit camp, and in 1944 to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp where their father died. After the liberation in Tröbitz, she returned to the Netherlands. In 1947 she emigrated to Palestine. In Jerusalem she worked as a dry nurse and started a family. Hannah Pick-Goslar died in Jerusalem in 2022 at the age of 93.

Hannah Pick-Goslar, around 1933
Hannah came from an upper-middle-class Berlin family. From 1919, her father was in charge of the press department of the Prussian State Ministry. The family could afford a housekeeper.
Hannah Pick-Goslar and her granddaughter, Tal Meir-Prager, at a conference of the German-Israeli Youth Exchange in Jerusalem, 2015
Hannah Pick-Goslar with her husband, Walter Pinchas-Pick, and her three children in Jerusalem, 1959
Hannah and her family established a new life in Israel. In 2022 she has eleven grandchildren and more than 30 great-grandchildren.

Hannah Pick-Goslar learns from the Holocaust. | Video 38 sec

"She saved me, I saved her."

Hannah Pick-Goslar, 1997

Hannah and her sister

After their arrest in 1943, Hannah and her sister Gabi came to the orphanage of Mr. and Mrs. Birnbaum in the Westerbork transit camp. After the death of their father in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, Hannah took care of her younger sister. Together they were freed in Tröbitz. In Israel Hannah became a dry nurse, caring for infants and small children. As a contemporary witness, she often spoke with young people. Her talks frequently centered on her childhood friendship with Anne Frank.

Gabi and Hannah Goslar, 1941
At an early age, Hannah Pick-Goslar had to take on the responsibility for her twelve-years-younger sister Gabi. In the Westerbork and Bergen-Belsen camps, this gave her the strength to keep on living.
Hannah Pick-Goslar speaking with schoolchildren in Sacramento/USA, 2000
Hannah is underway in the whole world as a contemporary witness. Films have also been made about her friendship with Anne Frank.