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The daughter of a Jewish classmate of Anne Frank rescued from the horrors of Bergen Belsen concentration camp has met the British officer who saved her mother’s life.
Grateful Elizabeth Kahn, 59, flew to Israel to meet Major Leonard Berney, 93, from Plymouth, Devon, and present him with a special silver platter paid for by the family in recognition of his heroics.
Jewish Leonard, of the British 11th Armoured division, was one of the first army officers through the gates of Belsen when the camp was liberated on April 15, 1945.
It is estimated that 50,000 inmates died in the notorious northwest German camp between 1941 and 1945. Elizabeth’s mother, Nanette Blitz Konig, 84, from Holland and who was mentioned in Anne Frank’s world-famous diary, was in the horror camp and acted as translator for Leonard.
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