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Anne Frank's Stepsister: Yes, She Would've Been a Justin Bieber Fan

Image courtesy of Courtesy: Teen Vogue (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Courtesy: Teen Vogue (via ABC News Radio)

Justin Bieber has taken a lot of heat for a comment he wrote after visiting the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, expressing his wish that Frank, a young Jewish girl who died at the hands of the Nazis during World War II, would have been a fan of his.  But now someone who actually knew Anne Frank before her tragic death says that, in fact, she probably would have been a Belieber.

Eva Schloss was a close childhood friend of Anne Frank's, and after the war, Anne's father Otto married her mother, making her, in effect, Anne's stepsister.  Speaking to the British paper The Telegraph , Schloss, who's 83, says the uproar over Justin's comments is "childish."

"She probably would have been a fan. Why not? He’s a young man and she was a young girl, and she liked film stars and music. They make a lot of fuss about everything that is connected with Anne Frank," says Schloss, a concentration camp survivor.

She describes Anne as "very lively," adding, "She was more intellectually developed [than I was], quite interested in clothes and boys.”

Justin wrote in the guest book at the Anne Frank House, "Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber."

In 1942, when she was 13, Frank went into hiding with her family after the Nazis occupied the Netherlands. Her family was later captured, and Frank died in a concentration camp of disease and exhaustion.  Her diary, published in English in 1952 as The Diary of a Young Girl, has made her a powerful symbol of the horrors of the Holocaust.

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