Anne Frank's Last Living Relative, Actor Buddy Elias, Dies at 89

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Anne Frank's last living relative, the actor Buddy Elias, has died at the age of 89, a charitable foundation said on Tuesday.

The Anne Frank Fonds, a charity founded in honour of the young Jewish diarist, said that in his lifetime, Elias advocated relentlessly for "civil society, dialogue and education against discrimination."

Having held a leading position at the charity, Elias was responsible for the publication of Anne Frank's diary and its adaptation as a series of plays and films.

Born in 1925 in Frankfurt, Elias spent the first years of his life with his cousins Anne and Margot Frank. In 1931, his family emigrated to Switzerland.

After nearly two years in hiding in Amsterdam, Anne Frank was deported in 1944 and eventually died at the age of 15 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp shortly before the end of World War II.

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