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Is Barbro Karlén the Reincarnation of Anne Frank?

Nell has been interested in reincarnation for many years. She is also studying genetic memory.

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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 realized 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.

Barbro Karlén and Anne Frank

Barbro Karlén and Anne Frank

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.

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.

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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 around, 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.

Buddy Elias—Anne Frank's Last Living Relative

Buddy Elias—Anne Frank's Last Living Relative

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.

Anne Frank's Diary

Anne Frank's Diary

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.

My Thoughts

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.

For other amazing stories of reincarnation, read about Jenny Cockell (who found her past life family) or Dorothy Eady (the reincarnation of a Priestess of the Nile).

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: Has Barbro ever met Otto Frank?

Answer: Yes.

Question: When Otto Frank met Barbro what was his reaction?

Answer: 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.

Question: Why don't people question Barbro Karlen about what exactly happened in the Concentration camp?

Answer: 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.

Question: Why don't people question Anne Frank's real death reason with Babro Karlen?

Answer: I would imagine they are much more interested in her life as Anne Frank, real or not.

Question: Does Barbro hate her parents now that she knows she’s Anne Frank reincarnated?

Answer: I don't see why? She would appreciate the fact that she has lived two lives, and neither overlap.

Question: Do you know what would have happened if Anne Frank survived?

Answer: I would imagine she would have either disappeared from history along with millions of others who had been through the same thing, or published her diary and had a small amount of fame. The reason why she was so famous is because of her bravery and the fact that she didn't survive.

© 2014 Nell Rose


Nell Rose (author) from England on August 18, 2020:

Wow! thank you Anitha, that is fascinating! Did you ever follow it up?

Anitha on August 18, 2020:

My mom told me that when I was 2 years old, I told my place was kodaikanal( a hill station in India) , but my mom lived in nearby town. I told, my mothers name was Sin and they died in a car accident.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 18, 2020:

Thanks Imogen, yes it is isn't it? Thanks for reading.

Imogen French from Southwest England on July 18, 2020:

Wow, what a fascinating story. The evidence is certainly very compelling.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 18, 2020:

Thank you brian, I am glad you liked it. Sorry to hear about your brother, and yes you may well be right about the little girl. If you do see any sign will you come back and let me know? thanks

brian from uk on July 18, 2020:

An exceptional story on reincarnation i too beleave in this but this is my first incarnation as a human i lost my brother a few years ago younger i beleave hes come back as his daughters daughter shes still too young at the moment to express or talk only time will tell as she gets older ive only meet her as a baby but because of the pandemic problem ive had to stay away well done Nell well reaserched and put together

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 28, 2020:

Thank you Uzono, that is a fascinating story! I suppose it could be genetic memory, but its not very likely. It must be reincarnation!

Uzono on April 27, 2020:

I have a story about reincarnation. I live in Africa, Nigeria to be precise. An elderly woman died in a family. Before her death, she had difficulty walking and was therefore bed fast. At the time of her death, her daughter was pregnant and later gave birth to a female child. When the child started talking, she rejected the name the parents gave her insisting on the late grandma's name. She refused to walk, even without a physical disability ,saying she didn't want to fall . At age 5, mannerism was that a very matured woman. In Africa, when we greet, we inquire after your husband, children, your farm and everything else. This 5 yr did all that and much more. Difficult to explain without accepting the theory of reincarnation.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 05, 2020:

Thanks Martha, I appreciate your opinion and thanks for reading.

Martha Stevenson on January 04, 2020:

Who knows? I feel ambivalent about reincarnation. These stories were entertaining. That’s all.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 16, 2019:

Sorry Sarthak, I am afraid this is all I know. But if you check out Google I am sure there is more info out there. Thanks for reading.

SARTHAK NAGAR on July 12, 2019:

Ma'am do you believe it's true? I want to know more about this topic . Please enlighten more about this particular Anne case

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 10, 2019:

Thank you, Ramesh. Yes, the books of Dr Raymond A Moody are what started me off on my quest for truth.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 10, 2019:

Thanks Else I will certainly check it out.

Ramesh Perera (sri Lanka) on July 09, 2019:

I believe reincarnation strongly. I have been studying about who we are and why we are here? Where we going after? and how we are coming back again. This process is big thing than we think. Half of the human will not believe it as we are not developed our inner mind to see it or understand it. We are not our body we are spiritual being who are in this life cycle. We are on our way to home of heaven until we go there we all will stuck in this life cycle. Born and Die.

Memories on past life has proven so many and already documented.

Life is not what we are really know or what we see. If someone interesting pleas try to find books and document and many documentations publish by Dr. Raymond A Moody MD,Dr. Jan Stevenson MD, Dr Brian weiss MD.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 03, 2019:

Thanks Chuck, I can't wait to read it.

Chuck Bluestein from Morristown, AZ, USA on July 03, 2019:

Yes I do believe that she Anne Frank in her last lifetime and I know who I was in my last lifetime. I wrote about it on here.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 18, 2019:

Thanks Jeni, yes I totally agree with you. Thanks for reading.

Jeni Broadwater on June 14, 2019:

I totally believe in reincarnation, always have.

There’s so much that she can verify about the life that she once lead. I believe in many lives many masters, it’s a very good book I totally believe that she is telling the truth, take that long hair away from her and she looks a lot like her. She knows and she possesses a lot of information that really may not be out there. For me there is no other explanation. How can a girl that’s never been to Amsterdam in her whole life, Know exactly where to go and what house it was?

Has to be reincarnation!!

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 07, 2019:

Thank you, Christine, I totally agree with you. What other explanation is there? Thanks for reading.

Christine Garza on May 07, 2019:

I believe wholeheartedly that we do have several lives. I believe we have 1 soul and many lives. What I don't understand is why it's so hard to believe. There are many clues to this but some people refuse to go outside of the box. Listen to children as they have the strongest memories. Write those memories down.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 03, 2018:

Thanks Zulma, yes its pretty intriguing isn't it? thanks again.

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on August 03, 2018:

I believe we've lived past lives and we bring some of those memories with us into the next. Perhaps it was the trauma of the concentration camp and early death that brought her back. Maybe Anne Frank had some unfinished business.

Whatever the reason, this is an amazing story.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 15, 2018:

I would imagine its a very traumatic time to remember, Aashna. of course she may not know!

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 04, 2018:

Hi Nived, I am not allowing your comment as you added your phone number, which should be private? Sorry. I cannot help you with your request.

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 31, 2018:

Thank you B.N. Bhattacharya, glad you liked it.

B. N. BHATTACHARYA on March 31, 2018:

reincarnation is as true as possible. when we leave three-dimensional world and slip into four or more dimensional world, we can remember everything after being reborn in this three-dimensional world.

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 16, 2018:

Thanks so much Stephen, I totally agree with you. something is definitely happening, and reincarnation seems to be the most obvious answer.

S P Austen from Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada on March 16, 2018:

Excellent and thorough article, Nell. Well done for compiling it. I had past-life memories since my early childhood, all of which have been confirmed over the years. I do approach this subject sceptically, however, only because some people exaggerate or even make things up. But when there is overwhelming evidence, I do not think that a rational person can continue to deny the possibility of pre-existence in other lifetimes. I believe that this is a true reincarnation account. Thank you for posting this article for all of us to read.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 20, 2018:

Thanks for commenting tiny.

tiny on February 20, 2018:

i dont believe my opinion

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 25, 2018:

Thanks Maddy, that sounds interesting! I will take a look.

Maddy on January 25, 2018:

Interesting...sadly no one will know whether it is the truth or not. Talking about reincarnations...have you ever read about the Indian scripture BHRIGUSAMHITA? Do check it out! It is more on the astrological side, but claims to contain all lives of all humans as per the position of the stars. Seems like the writer, Bhrigu Rishi, had managed to find out the karmic cycle's working.

Again, sadly, no one will know whether it is true or not! Nevertheless, interesting!

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 03, 2018:

Thanks Mary, I totally understand, yes its pretty mysterious.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 03, 2018:

Hi Nell. I would love to believe this but it is in the realm of the unknown, at least, on my part.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 29, 2017:

Hi Lady, well I for one totally believe you! that is amazing! and yes I know there is such a thing! but I do like to prove it about myself so I look stuff up etc, and tick the box so to speak when I find the right answer. I had a french dream a while ago, I think it was france, and without going into it it was pretty weird to say the least! good luck with the book, and let me know when its done? so I can buy it! thanks

Lady Nb on October 28, 2017:

Hi, thank you for this post and others on reincarnation. I can relate so much to this story. Like many who now believe in reincarnation l was raised in a Christian home with Christian beliefs of heaven and hell. Until one day (like waking up from a long coma l started to have these strong memories of a medieval life in France. It came in pieces and felt like l had been living in someone elses life up to that point and that l finally remembered who l really was. Bit by bit these memories came until l was able to piece together who l was from everything l remembered. To finally find my name which l onky remembered partly (because it was in another language and 700 years ago), was shocking especially when l knew l was a noble woman. Its interesting that we believe children who have reincarnation memeories but we are suspicious of grown adults who have memories. Everybodys story is their own and only they know whonthey were. There are a few people who yes have fantasies of being someone special, but who is anyone to question. The memories of adults may not be as clear or detailed but they should be respected, especially in the spiritual world. It doesnt matter if the person they once were was famous or is famous, just that they may actually hold the key to many unanswered questions about that time and that person. People either believe in reincarnation or dont but they dont need to discredit anothers experience just to prove themselves right. I was once someone very wealthy and l was able to remember this PL in more detail than mny adults. What had held me back from sharing my story is that there are those (few) who think that l may be trying to elevate myself to being someone l wasnt even people who claim to believe in reincarnation. Its dusappointing really because we just block other peoples memories and the world is less for it. I hope people can stop being jealous and envious of other people and just learn to celebrate their memories and respect them. Because they dont know and never will, only that person who lived that life can know for sure. I will write a book and have reached the stage where l truly dont care if people believe me or not l can only live in my truth. Lets all just respect anothers life and experiences and cease the judgements and suspicion.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 22, 2017:

Hi Ruby, you could be right there. Its something that can really never be proved, but something strange is going on, not sure what though, thanks for reading.

Ruby on September 22, 2017:

This is a really interesting story and its quite obvious that there is definitely something going on. Now that I think about it, I doubt its reincarnation, it seems more like spirit possession. People have seen Anne, as in a 'ghost', which makes me think it is indeed spirit possession. Anne's soul should be with Barbro. I don't actually think its possible for Anne's soul to leave Barbro if she was the reincarnation.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 18, 2017:

Hi Santapanda, try to write down all that you remember, okay? and good luck! if you can find a connection let me know, okay? thanks for reading.

Santapanda on September 18, 2017:

I believe in recarnation I want to find my past life but my mum says need to be adult I recon I was roman,Greek,,Viking dudes and middle ages like a peasant

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 02, 2017:

Thanks Anita, I will check it out.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 10, 2017:

Glad to help Maitreyi!

Maitreyi Hajra on July 10, 2017:

Thanks for giving these information....I am making a wall magazine about reincarnation with my school friends and personally interested about Anne thanks a lot..

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 27, 2017:

Hi Allyson, that is amazing, and you seem to know so much about it. If this is true then its a sad fact that we have all been conned into believing a liar and a cheat! sadly it looks that way. thanks so much for your input. Nell

Allysongreen on March 25, 2017:

She's crazypants. First, she has no one supporting her story, including her parents, her teachers, friends, or the psychiatrist who saw her when she was six. She claims she knew details "only Anne could know," but unlike other cases, such as James Leininger, there are no names, dates, incidents, details, or anything else she reveals that isn't already in the public domain. Some of what she says is at variance with vetted, fact-checked accounts from eyewitnesses.

She claims that at age two, she said her name was Anne, not Barbro, and that her parents weren't her "real" parents. It's not uncommon for children to do this, or to engage in extended fantasy that they are somebody else. As she says, she never grew out of that phase. That doesn't mean she's reincarnated, just a case of arrested mental and social development. Conveniently, she purposely hid it from the psychiatrist who saw her, resulting in an inaccurate diagnosis.

She admits she learned about Anne Frank in school at age 7 or 8; she probably would have viewed pictures of the House, Anne's room, and probably Anne herself, allowing Barbro to identify and fantasize even more. It's very odd that she would have kept her alt-identity a complete secret; I'm not aware of any other child reincarnation claimants who have done this. However, her parents were obviously aware, even if they believed she was fantasizing. If so, certainly they would have thought, even briefly, about the implications of taking her to the Anne Frank House on the family vacation when she was 10.

No one has bothered to verify that the Karlen family ever visited the Anne Frank House in 1964 or any other year, even though this is where much of the "proof" occurs in her narrative. She allegedly led her parents to the House from their hotel ("not far," and "only a ten-minute walk" away) even though she had never been to Amesterdam before and it is full of winding streets. 263 Prinsengracht is not that hard to find; it not only faces the Prisengracht canal, it is just a few doors down from the Westerkerk, a very large, famous church whose spire reaches a height of 282 feet -- easily visible from anywhere in the local area. The House was already famous by 1964, receiving over 10K visitors annually, so it's likely the local hotels had pamphlets, maps, phone books, and tour directories showing its location. If she was the "highly functioning, intelligent" child her psychiatrist said she was, she could easily have read a map or a brochure to find the nearby House -- or just used the church spire to get there.