Is Barbro Karlén the Reincarnation of Anne Frank?
Who Is Barbro Karlén?
Barbro Karlén was born in Sweden in 1954. Her first book—a collection of poems—was published when Karlén was just 12 years old and went on to become one of the most popular books in Sweden. Since then, she has written and published nine further volumes of poetry and prose. She has also worked as a mounted policewoman and trained and competed in dressage for many years.
But it's her early life that is most intriguing. Ever since she was a small child, she dreamed of another life. An awful fear would overcome her and she would wake up shaking and frightened. She had the same horrible dreams for as long as she could remember.
My Name Isn't Barbro, It's Anne
It all began when she was about two years old. She told her mother and father that her name was not Barbro; it was, in fact, Anne. Her mother dismissed it as a fantasy—the colorful imaginings of a child. Barbro carried on having the dreams and couldn't understand why she felt she was living in two worlds.
By this time, she knew that her name was Anne Frank and couldn't understand why her parents kept calling her Barbro. She realised that they were not her real parents, even though they insisted that they were.
Barbro had no one else to talk to and continued to insist that she wasn't who they said she was. At this time, Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl (published in 1947) had only been translated into a few languages . . . but definitely not Swedish. There is no actual date of publication in Sweden, but it is believed to be in the late 1950s.
Being Anne Frank
Over the years, the two lives merged together, and Barbro insisted that her real father was going to come and collect her. By the time she was six years old, her parents were so concerned that their daughter was 'crazy' they decided to take her to see a psychiatrist.
By this time, Barbro began to realize that nobody would ever believe her. When she visited the psychiatrist, she didn't tell him her stories. She was afraid that she would be taken away, so she kept quiet.
'It's Just Her Imagination'
The psychiatrist informed her parents that she was a normal little girl and not to worry about her. She was happy and just living in a child's dream world. As other children do, she must have been talking to an imaginary friend. She would soon grow out of it.
But she never did. She became introverted and decided to keep quiet about it. But the memories did not go away.
At the age of seven, she started school. She was so pleased to realize that now she could read and write—she finally had an outlet. She secretly started to write down her memories, but she always threw the papers away so that others would not be able to read them.
Hear Barbro's Story in Her Own Words
Man on Earth: Barbro's First Publication
Barbro continued to write. By the time she was about 11 years old, she had started to wonder about reincarnation, where we come from, and where we go—thoughts reflected in her poetry.
One day, a friend of the family saw some of the work that Barbro had kept and asked her parents if he could show it to someone with the idea of getting it published. This became her first book—Människan på jorden (Man on Earth). She was just 12 years old.
Barbro Realises Anne Frank Was Real
Barbro hadn't written anything about her being the reincarnation of Anne Frank at this time, purely because she had started to feel silly and slightly ashamed to think she had told everyone that she was somebody else.
You see, after she started school, Barbro realized that Anne Frank was a real person! Frank's diary had been published in 1947 but was only then beginning to become popular.
Barbro realized that it was no longer smart to go around saying that she had been Anne Frank.
Barbro's Visit to Anne Frank's House
At the age of 10, Barbro went on a trip around Europe with her parents. Soon they came to Amsterdam, and her parents decided to take in all the sights; of course one of these was the house of Anne Frank.
After calling for a cab, Barbro suddenly turned to them and said, 'We don't need a cab, I know exactly where we are, and how to get to the house!' Her parents were startled and replied, 'How do you know this? We have never been here before'. But Barbro just turned to them and quietly replied, 'Let me show you the way'.
Her parents didn't know what to think, but they said okay, and they started to walk to the house. They went on crossing roads and turning corners until Barbro said, 'It's just around the next corner'.
And she was right. As they entered the house, Barbro was heard to say, 'They have changed the steps outside!'
Overwhelmed by Memories
Her parents didn't know what to say, but as they entered the house, Barbro began to get a really horrible feeling. This was her dream. The atmosphere was close and she felt a tightness in her chest—a total and undeniable fear.
The dreams were suddenly real and right in front of her. They entered the room where Anne Frank had lived. Barbro was terrified; her hands were cold and clammy, and her mother believed that she was ill. She wanted to take her outside, but Barbro said no. She wanted to see it, to make sure everything was the same as she remembered, but the feelings were getting worse.
She noticed that Anne Frank's pictures were still on the wall, and she excitedly told her parents, 'Look the pictures are still there!' But there were no pictures there. 'What are you talking about?' her mother asked. 'The pictures were there, I know they were', Barbo replied.
So her mother walked over to one of the men who worked there and asked if there had been pictures on the wall. The man replied, yes. They had temporarily removed them (soon to be put back up behind protective glass) because people were taking them.
A Startling Realisation
That was when her mother realised that it was real; everything Barbro had said was true. She hugged her and told her that now she understood. 'You are not alone anymore'.
Barbro decided to wait outside. On the way to the front door, she suddenly saw a man in a green uniform standing over her. She cried and ran, only to fall over the step. When she turned round, he was gone. In fact, he had never been there in the first place—it was a flashback.
Barbro's mother went on to become a spiritual churchgoer, but her father dismissed it all; he didn't want anything to shake his safe world.
Anne Frank and Barbro Karlén
Karlén Meets Buddy Elias, Frank's Cousin
The most compelling proof that Barbro is Frank reincarnated comes from Barbro's meeting with Anne Frank's cousin, Buddy Elias (1925–2015). In addition to being an actor (he starred in The Love Boat, Crime Scene and The Magic Mountain), Buddy was also the last living relative of Anne Frank. He had heard about Barbro through her publisher, though at that time she hadn't yet written her story.
Buddy was intrigued and asked to meet her even though he didn't believe in reincarnation. But he was curious to meet this woman going around telling everybody that she was Anne Frank.
An Emotional Reunion
He invited her to dinner. As Barbro knocked on the door, Buddy came out and they looked at each other. Then they fell into each other's arms and began to cry.
They sat for two hours and talked, and she realized that Buddy was the president of the Anne Frank Foundation. This put him in a very vulnerable position, as he wasn't sure how the other members would react to the story.
When the newspapers asked him, 'Do you believe that Barbo is the reincarnation of Anne Frank?', he answered, 'Yes'.
A Lasting Friendship
After that, Buddy was hounded by the press to such an extent that he backed away from interviews, but he kept in touch with Barbro once a week, and she stayed with him when she visited Switzerland.
The Story of Anne Frank
We all know the story of Anne Frank—a young German-Jewish girl thrown into the horrors of war at a young age and forced to stay hidden away in an attic at her father's workplace in Amsterdam. Along with her family, Annelies Marie Frank (better known as Anne Frank) started her captivity on the 6th of July, 1942.
25 Months of Hiding
The small area was cramped and claustrophobic. Living in such abysmal conditions, Anne found her freedom by writing in a diary her father had bought on her 13th birthday.
Throughout their hidden years, she captured each emotion, girlish thought and fear, writing them down purely to keep herself busy. Little did she know that years after her death in a Concentration Camp, her diary would become the biggest best-seller after the Bible.
The Discovery of the Secret Annex
On the morning of the 4th of August, 1944, Frank and the others hiding in the Secret Annex were discovered. Frank and her sister Margot were arrested and transferred to the hellhole that was Bergen Belsen. How the Secret Annex was discovered—via betrayal or simply bad luck—is still a mystery.
Frank died just a few weeks before the liberation of Bergen Belsen, around the 15th of April, 1945, possibly from Typhus, but the real cause was never known. She had been at the camp for less than a year.
The Publication of Anne's Diary
Otto Frank, their father, was the only member of the family to survive. A few years after the war, he returned to Amsterdam and met Miep Gies, one of the kind people who helped hide the family, and who had found the diary in the attic.
After many months of contemplation, he decided to publish it so that people could read the true story of their suffering at the hands of the Nazis. Little did he know just how popular the book would become.
The first publication of Anne Frank's Diary was on June 25th, 1947. The full title of the book is Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.
Do You Believe That Barbro Is the Reincarnation of Anne Frank?
The more I research these reincarnation cases, the more I believe they are true. Unless Barbro's mother or father got their hands on a copy of Anne Frank's diary and read the whole book to her before the age of two years old, there cannot be another explanation.
Unless, of course, it was shown on TV. But back then, TV stations were still in their early days of broadcasting. Even so, would a small child of two years old really take in all that information?
I doubt it. So, do I believe her? Yes, I do.
The Case for Reincarnation
We are always fascinated by stories of reincarnation, especially stories of children who remember their past lives. Most people chalk it up to their young imaginations—how can anybody really remember a past life? Surely when we are born, we come into the world for the first time and experience only those memories from birth, childhood and adulthood. To believe in reincarnation, sometimes we have to change our whole mindset or even faith to do it.
And speaking of faith, what happens if in one life we are Jewish? Then when we are born again, we are possibly a Catholic or even Methodist? What does that mean? There are so many questions.
It's even harder for the parents. How must they feel when their child is screaming 'I want my real mother'? Most times it's easy to dismiss the words, painting them as childish imaginings. But other times, they can't be dismissed so easily. Such is certainly the case with Barbro Karlén.
Pre-War Footage of Anne Frank on Her Balcony
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Questions & Answers
Has Barbro ever met Otto Frank?
When Otto Frank met Barbro what was his reaction?
I would imagine it was a complete shock and maybe skepticism. After that, who knows really? But he did accept her, so she must have been convincing.Helpful 29
Does Barbro hate her parents now that she knows she’s Anne Frank reincarnated?
I don't see why? She would appreciate the fact that she has lived two lives, and neither overlap.Helpful 8
Why don't people question Barbro Karlen about what exactly happened in the Concentration camp?
That is a good question. But I do believe the answer lies in the fact that there is so much information out there that they wouldn't be able to prove it either way.Helpful 18
Why don't people question Anne Frank's real death reason with Babro Karlen?
I would imagine they are much more interested in her life as Anne Frank, real or not.Helpful 17
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