Woonsocket Call

Gena Turgel, 95; Holo­caust survivor cared for Anne Frank


LON­DON (AP) — Gena Turgel, a Holo­caust survivor who com­forted Anne Frank at the Ber­gen-Belsen con­cen­tra­tion camp be­fore the young di­arist’s death and the camp’s lib­er­a­tion a month later, has died. She was 95.

Turgel died Thurs­day, Bri­tain’s chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, said on Twit­ter.

The news trig­gered trib­utes from some of the peo­ple the Pol­ish na­tive touched in the decades she shared her World War II ex­pe­ri­ences, in­clud­ing wit­ness­ing the hor­rors of the Nazi camps at Auschwitz, Buchen­wald and Ber­gen-Belsen.

After World War II, Turgel mar­ried one of Ber­gen-Belsen’s Bri­tish lib­er­a­tors, Nor­man Turgel, earn­ing the nick­name “The Bride of Belsen.” Her wed­ding dress, made from para­chute silk, is part of the col­lec­tion of the Im­pe­rial War Mu­seum in Lon­don.

Turgel at­tended Bri­tain’s an­nual Holo­caust re­mem­brance two months ago in a wheel­chair with a blan­ket draped over her knees.

“My story is the story of one survivor, but it is also the story of 6 mil­lion who per­ished,” she said at the event in Lon­don’s Hyde Park.

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