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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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Barbro Karlén and Anne Frank

Barbro Karlén and 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

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).

Pre-War Footage of Anne Frank on Her Balcony

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 Franks....so 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.

Upon arriving, Barbro recalls that she remarked the steps were different. They hadn't yet entered the building, so she must have been referencing the exterior steps. The problem is that the House has never had exterior steps in front at any time, as images from www.annefrank.org show. Also, this was after the 1957 renovation to make the building look just as it did when the Franks hid there.

The next "proof" offered is that she said she saw pictures on the wall of Anne's room, even though the pictures had supposedly been removed for preservation/theft protection/framing (depending on which account you read). However, there's no evidence that the pictures were removed any time during the 1960s for any reason; www.annefrank.org offers a detailed account of the restorations and preservation efforts for Anne's room, including the pictures. Pictures were never removed for framing. They were not removed to prevent theft, nor taken down for preservation efforts during the 1960s (preservation happened later, but replicas were placed on the walls during that time). It's likely Barbro saw a picture of Anne's room when her teacher taught about Anne Frank and knew there should be pictures on Anne's wall. It's also almost certain that the pictures were there when she visited the House, but this anecdote is used as manufactured "proof" that Barbro is reincarnated Anne.

Finally, she claims to have seen a flashback of a green-uniformed soldier, to have felt dizzy, panicked, and cold while in the building, and to have had a traumatic emotional reaction to her visit. None of these reactions are proof of anything. If she had been fantasizing for years that she was Anne, she would be likely to experience such physical reactions in the House. Susceptible or suggestible people, including children, can have panic attacks and symptoms of physical illness anywhere, especially if they associate their location with trauma or fear. Other people with agoraphobia, anxiety, and claustrophobia have also suffered symptoms there, but no one takes that as proof that they are reincarnated occupants.

Now that we've debunked what happened during the visit (if it ever occurred), let's discuss the memories of Anne's capture and deportation. Miep Gies and others who were there, including the arresting officer, have written accounts detailing what happened. These are available online. Barbro gets it wrong in many ways, including the barking dogs, the number of officers involved, the type of vehicle used to remove the hiders, and the fact that real-life Anne was not sexually assaulted during transport.

Finally, there's the issue of the 1995 Dutch TV show where Karlen claimed she'd never publicly discussed her memories -- even though Min Warld had debuted her story in 1973. She has tried to explain that away by saying that she only told a journalist friend about her memories, that person told someone else, etc., and it ended up getting published without her consent. Why didn't she ever seek legal redress or try to stop publication? Then, just as the Dutch TV show interviewed her, she released a book about her experiences while claiming she didn't care about publicity. She receives speaker fees to appear at conferences, workshops, and seminars, has done interviews, promoted her story, and is on YouTube. She is currently on Facebook as "Barbro Karlen and Anne Frank," and people are just gullibly accepting whatever she claims with no fact-checking at all.

She has claimed Buddy Elias, Anne's most well-known living relative, accepted her as the reincarnation upon their first meeting and completely believed her story. That is simply not true: http://www.newsweek.com/2015/02/13/bringing-anne-f...

She never met with Miep Gies, Otto Frank, or anyone else who knew Anne. Otto was, in fact, bothered by so many girls and women claiming to be his reincarnated daughter that he wanted nothing to do with them: http://www.akdh.ch/ps/ps_16.html

Karlen also stresses that she has the same literary talents as Anne because she became a best-selling child author at 12 after someone found her writing scattered around her room and took it to a publisher (this story has also not been fact-checked and verified). Yet she appears nowhere on any list of Swedish poets, important authors, or even writers of best-selling Swedish books. She's not mentioned in any summaries of twentieth-century Swedish literature or even children's literature. Her early books went out of print in the 1970s.

She has had financial and career instability during her adult life and believes that she was persecuted and harassed by reincarnations of Nazi guards and officers (not possible given the timelines). She thinks people hate her, just because. Her book "And the Wolves Howled" is poorly written, deals mostly with her ideations of persecution and harassment in her job, and contains demonstrably false "memories" about Anne Frank.

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 08, 2017:

Thanks Joan, yes its fascinating isn't it?

Amy on February 21, 2017:

WOW I can't believe it, it is so facinating that people know they have more than one life in the past!

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 05, 2017:

Thanks alan! and glad you liked it.

Alan R Lancaster from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire) on February 04, 2017:

This is in-depth in depth. I don't believe in reincarnation, but there are uncanny things around, unexplainable in normal language.

It's particularly uncanny when those associated with the 'other life' - such as Buddy Elias- find themselves face-to-face with total strangers who recall things connected with their families.

Spine-tingling stuff, Nell. Keep it up.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 18, 2016:

That's a fascinating story Jim, and unusual too. to remember a past life just as she was passing, is amazing! thanks so much for reading.

Jim Rogers on August 17, 2016:

My Mom and Aunt were startled when my Grandmom who in 1962 was dying of cancer woke in a delirium and spoke in a very thick Irish brogue. It was bizarre because they knew of nobody in their part of PA who spoke like that. That's when they started reading about Bridey Murphy and Edgar Cayce. Reincarnation makes much more sense than anything in "organized religion," imho.

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 06, 2016:

Thanks Barbara, yes they are certainly intriguing aren't they? I would need to look into it more before believing, but its pretty convincing isn't it? thanks for reading, nell

Barbara Badder from USA on April 06, 2016:

This is interesting. I've been reading your stories about reincarnation. They certainly make you wonder. Thanks for a good read.

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 26, 2015:

Hi Helga, thanks for reading, nell

Helga Silva from USA on November 25, 2015:

Great article! Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us!

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 04, 2015:

Hi lex, thanks so much for reading, yes its hard to believe in it, but yet there is so much info pointing to the fact that its true that I am completely stumped myself! lol! thanks

lex123 on August 04, 2015:

Hi Nell, The topic Reincarnation is just fascinating. I don't know whether to believe in it or not, but your hub with the proofs, especially the videos, makes me believe in it.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 11, 2015:

HIya spudz, thanks so much for reading, I am glad you liked it, nell

spudzjamezspudz on June 11, 2015:

Wow! The topic of reincarnation has always been fascinating to me, but it has always been dismissed by religious beliefs and conservative relatives who insist that it's all just a fantasy invented by non-Christians. But throughout history, there is too much evidence that cannot be dismissed by our level of scientific evidence. All in all, a great topic to explore!

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 29, 2015:

Hi sparkster, I had to go and re read about imaginal cells, i had totally forgotten! now you have me interested! lol! as for your story, yep you need to get it down! lol!

Marc Hubs from United Kingdom on March 29, 2015:

I guess there's no point not writing about it! I started a new blog recently and my last post on there (yesterday) was actually questioning whether butterflies/caterpillars can prove reincarnation. I don't know if you've heard of imaginal cells - Dr Bruce Lipton talks about them and uses it as a metaphor for people creating positive change in society. Anyway, these imaginal cells which go on to form the butterfly seem to keep popping up from out of nowhere - the old cells of the caterpillar don't actually change or morph at all.

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 29, 2015:

Hi sparkster, well if you do give me a yell? I would love to read it! and thanks for coming back, nell

Marc Hubs from United Kingdom on March 28, 2015:

I think I've mentioned it in comments and things a few times and I used to joke about it in conversation but I don't think I've ever really written about it as such.

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 28, 2015:

Hi Melissa, I believe that Barbro is Catholic! amazing isn't it? and yes I can believe you, its not the first time that I have heard someone remembers their birth! its totally wonderful! thanks so much for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 28, 2015:

Hi delia, yes I agree that we are not born into a religion, in fact my family have always been church of england, but I tend to be more pagan/christian, as for the holocaust its disgusting to think people believe it didn't happen, I don't know why they do that, maybe its because of self shame or even arrogance, as for anne frank I can never believe that's fake, its so girl like in its writing, as for your interview, that was a shame, did you ever get any other film parts?

Melissa Orourke from Roatán, Islas De La Bahia, Honduras on March 25, 2015:

Found this very interesting! Do you know if Barbro is Jewish now? Just curious. I have early, early memories like an above poster. I remember my birth! Seriously, I do. I know some won't believe that! It was actually terrifying to me!

Delia on March 25, 2015:

When I was young living in California I auditioned for the movie part of Ann Frank, my interviewer said that I could speak German well (been only in US few years) but I was too different from her in looks.

You know that those who are claiming that Anne Franks Diary was a fake, are those that say the Concentration Camps never happened....

I believe we are not born into a religion, but make that choice of belief, most will go with what their family has believed. We all have a choice.

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 25, 2015:

Hi sparkster, that is amazing! have you written about it? I would love to read it in full! thanks so much, nell

Marc Hubs from United Kingdom on March 24, 2015:

Wow, how interesting and what a great hub. I'm not too familiar with stories of past lives and reincarnation but I'm sure I've read about this one before somewhere.

Yes, I absolutely believe. Why?

Because I myself have very vivid pre-birth memories - but they are not memories of a past life. They are memories of something in between.

You see, I consciously remember choosing to live this life. That sounds crazy but I've always had those memories as far back as I can remember. I also remember that there were three options - one of the other two was being a disabled girl in a wheelchair, I can't remember the other.

Anyway, I have a mission here on Earth - I'm not 100% sure what it is but they did tell me I would be able to "do it from a distance this time" - obviously, the words "this time" are quite profound! They told me I wouldn't remember any of that - but I told myself I would and tried my hardest to remember - and I do remember!

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 24, 2015:

Hi Jean, thanks so much for reading, yes the Anne Frank one is quite controversial, not sure whether to believe it or not, I think she is telling the truth, but I am not sure if she is remembering or only thinking its real, thanks, nell

Jean Bakula from New Jersey on March 24, 2015:

How fascinating! Most children are psychic and can recall past lives before the age of 7. Also, when children or teens die a horrible death, they tend to reincarnate faster. I am a believer, and have read so many stories like this, but never one about Anne Frank. Thank you.

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 12, 2014:

Yes and we are a mix of neanderthal and homo sapien, african people are just homo sapien, and the people who live in the hymalays are in fact a mix of homo sapien, neanderthal and denisovans, that's how they can live at such height. I love genetics don't you? in fact scientists believe there are at least another four genes from other hominids that we don't know about yet!

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 12, 2014:

Hi Rachael, lol! yep me too with the typos! interesting you should say not with animals, I don't believe it really either, but....my friend died a couple of years ago, and she used to love dogs. especially a beeson frize' not sure if you spell it like that, sorry, anyway she loved them and joked she would come back as one if anything happened to her.

One day i was sitting down the park all on my own, with hundreds of people around me on the grass, boiling hot day, I was reading a book. Suddenly I looked up, and in the far off distance was a woman with a small dog. the dog spotted me, jumped out of its leesh, ran all the way through these hundreds of people, straight towards me, jumped on my lap licked my face then lay down. It was a beeson frize'!!!

I looked at the dog and whispered, Leslie? na, probably not, but....thanks again, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 12, 2014:

Hi lonestar, sorry it took me so long to answer, been ill, I never knew that! I have been wanting to read about the Kabbala for a long time now, so this has got me more interested! yes in the Bible I believe its mentioned, something to do with a few of them asking Jesus if he was the reincarnation of David? not sure but I know it is mentioned! thanks so much for reading, nell

Rod Martin Jr from Cebu, Philippines on November 10, 2014:

Thanks, Rachael. I understand your views on reincarnation into animals, but Homo sapiens are animals, too.

And there was a danger thousands of years ago that Homo sapiens would disappear because of interbreeding with other animals, called Homo neanderthalensis (Neanderthals). They disappeared 30,000 years ago, right when the new date for Noah's Flood occurred. I discuss this in detail in one of my books. The threat of the "daughters of men" had been removed. The corruption of flesh (genetics) could go no deeper.

And thanks again to Nell for writing this amazing Hub.

Rachael O'Halloran from United States on November 10, 2014:

It's 10 hours later and I see a couple of typos in my comment and it just ticks me off a little. lol. The CAPS are the corrections.

"If someone else comes forward and says they are the reincarnation of Anne Frank, then I guess there WILL be questions from every quarter to both claimANTs."

And "Until then, we CAN'T deny the numerous stories we read and hear about."

Ugh I hate when I see something long after the "edit your comment" part has disappeared on this side of the screen. lol

lone77star - it is interesting you mention Kabbalists belief of splitting into 600,000 pieces in your comment and when a life's lesson is too big to digest, they split again.

It is a similar concept discussed in books I've read about reincarnation. Reincarnationists believe that a soul keeps reincarnating until they resolve all conflicts to satisfaction -- whether they come back as a family member (parent, child, sibling, etc.), friend or employer role to make that happen. I don't believe we reincarnate as animals as people in India believe, probably because I'm too pragmatic and don't want to believe that it is possible.

This is a topic that can be discussed for eons and it probably will. Good job Nell :)

Rod Martin Jr from Cebu, Philippines on November 10, 2014:

Beautiful story, Rachael. Inspiring.

As for a duplicate reincarnation of Anne Frank, it may be possible.

According to authentic Kabbalists (not the New Age, Hollywood junk), we were all once one soul that shattered into 600,000 pieces. When a life's lesson is too big to digest, a soul may split again. Eventually, through altruistic love, we will one day rejoin into one soul, again. Until then, memories of multiple past lives happening at the same time may also be accurate and true. After all, it seems we are all part of a larger whole and every lifetime is a shared experience.

It's interesting that Kabbalists wrote the Bible in code, believe in reincarnation, yet many Christians argue that reincarnation is not in the Bible, despite the strong hints. There is still much to learn.

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 10, 2014:

Oh Wow! that must have been so amazing to hear that from your little boys mouth! yes something is going on, definitely! I hope science will look into these questions soon and not dismiss them, they are missing out on a huge part of a scientific study, along with precognition etc, I am sure there is a scientific explanation out there. I am writing another reincarnation story now, this one definitely is total proof, no other explanation! and it has a very sad and strange twist too!

Rachael O'Halloran from United States on November 10, 2014:

Hi Nell, My first husband was killed in Vietnam about two days before our son David was born. When David was one and half years old, his language skills were very articulate. One day he said "I watched you from Heaven before I was born."

You could have knocked me over with a feather. I was estranged from my family from the time I married and remain so. David said he cried with me when I got the news that his father was killed in Vietnam and told me he was with me for the whole two days before he was born. He dwelled on how I was alone and despondent with no family around, and how I had made provisions for his birth and homecoming from the hospital since I had no one to help me with a new baby.

He was right in every respect.

When he was three, he asked me if I remembered a one room school someplace where the men wore animal furs for their clothes and hats. I did but it was vague.

When he was five, he asked me if I remembered playing with a girl named Molly and I didn't. He reminded me that we had played together on a farm and she fell down the well and died.

I have always had a tremendous fear of wells that they are dangerous, yet never had any experiences with living near or playing near a well in this lifetime.

There was never any talk of reincarnation in my home until years later when I married a second time and my youngest girls started to read about past lives and reincarnation, which was all the rage in the 1970s and 1980s. My first husband did not believe in it and after a short conversation when we were dating, it was never brought up again.

Hearing my little boy tell me of old memories was enough to convince me that there is something to reincarnation. I didn't start reading more about it until my girls brought books home from library and book sales.

Barbro's story is probably true, but we will never know for sure. If someone else comes forward and says they are the reincarnation of Anne Frank, then I guess there were be questions from every quarter to both claims. Until then, we can deny the numerous stories we read and hear about.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 30, 2014:

Hi lonestarr, that sounds totally fascinating! and I have always been interested in the Kababalah, and really want to try to find out more. the fact your scientific, like I am, makes it so much more real to me compared to others who accept things without question, thanks for the link, I am going over to take a look, thanks, nell

Rod Martin Jr from Cebu, Philippines on September 30, 2014:

Nell, another masterpiece. Thank you for doing such a nice job researching this. I had seen the video interview of Barbro Karlen (full) and was fascinated to learn more.

I one of those who believes in this, simply because I've had hundreds of past life memories myself. Simply contacting those memories has unburdened so much pent up emotion and energy, making my life much more productive and happy -- no longer distracted by so many unknown forces from the past.

I suspect that my earlier understanding of reincarnation was only partially correct. What I'm learning about authentic Kabbalah (not the New Age, Hollywood junk) seems to amplify the idea of reincarnation and add to it. Not only that, it helps to explain so many of the miracles I've experienced this lifetime. With my solid grounding in science, I understand full well the requirements for a real, extraordinary, cause-and-effect miracle. Kabbalah, from the same people who wrote the Bible in code, explains the spiritual world in ways I had never imagined.

If you're interested, you might find the following short film intriguing:


I dedicate a sizable section of my site, http://the-love-of-god.com, to this topic and how the Bible talks about it.

One of my strongest memories is from a lifetime nearly 12,000 years ago. A relative nobody that no one in this modern era has ever heard of. But the emotions that overwhelmed me from those memories were stronger than most I've felt in this lifetime.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 24, 2014:

Thanks Maggie, I know what you mean, it can be really confusing, I am still not sure whether I believe her or not, but its fascinating isn't it? thanks for reading, nell

Maggie.L from UK on September 22, 2014:

Wow, this is so interesting but at the same time eerie. I don't know what to think. As I've never had any kind of spiritual experience or personally known any cases of reincarnation, I'm usually a bit sceptical about such claims. But it's hard to do so when the evidence is so compelling. A fascinating article. Voted up and very interesting.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 07, 2014:

Thanks for your thoughts Paula, I must admit I do find it very hard to believe it too to be honest, but I found the whole thing very fascinating, I would like to believe it but...lol!

Paula Atwell from Cleveland, OH on September 07, 2014:

I have to believe that I do not believe in reincarnation of this sort. I think that Anne Frank's story is a symbol for many people who endured the horrible experience of the Holocaust and to say you are the reincarnation diminishes her heroism. However, I agree she does look a lot like her.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 07, 2014:

Hi Michelle, yes they do don't they? glad you liked it and have a wonderful Sunday, nell

Michelle Liew from Singapore on September 07, 2014:

Nell, you always have the knack for the unusual! She and Anne Frank look strikingly similar too!

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 06, 2014:

Hi Bobbi, thanks so much, yes I love writing about these stories, its amazing, and even if there is another explanation it still is fascinating how our minds work, nell

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on September 06, 2014:

Nell Rose,

I love to read about reincarnation and I believe truth is stranger than fiction. So, my mind is opened to receive and enjoy this topic,

Have a great Sunday,

Bobbi Purvis

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 06, 2014:

Thanks beth, I just love this sort of story, you find one, then another pops up that is even more amazing! thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 06, 2014:

Thanks Vellur, I am glad you liked it, yes I agree with you, it must be disconcerting, thanks

Beth Perry from Tennesee on September 06, 2014:

Fascinating, Nell. You write about the most thought-provoking subjects!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on September 05, 2014:

Interesting hub, it must be disturbing to have past life memories. Spellbound! Great hub, voted up.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 05, 2014:

Hi Sanjay, thanks so much for reading, yes deja vu is a strange thing, many scientists say its caused through a 'skip' in the brain making you see something twice therefore you think you have been there before, but I believe there is more too it, thanks, nell

Sanjay Sharma from Mandi (HP) India on September 04, 2014:

I have read a lot about reincarnation, but I am still uncertain about it. I have personal experiences of deja vu.

While visiting some places for the first time in my life, I have felt that I have already come there. I don't know why it is so.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 31, 2014:

Hi Rhonda, yes I totally agree with you, I was watching a program about Oscar Shindler last night, the German who saved hundreds of Jewish people, as a German would he have lied and put himself in that danger if he hadn't done it? maybe those idiots don't know about him, and yes Barbro's background story is amazing isn't it?

Rhonda Lytle from Deep in the heart of Dixie on August 31, 2014:

Wow, talk about intriguing. The evidence from her childhood, I'm assuming provided by her parents and herself, is riveting. I was surprised to see the blurb at the end talking about some asserting Anne never really lived through the nightmares she wrote of. I can only shake my head in frustration. Those who know not or deny history are doomed to repeat it. This was a really great read, Nell. You just get better and better.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 30, 2014:

Hi Nadine, i would love to visit her house, that must have been very poignant but fascinating too, I love the idea of your hidden door wish I could have one sounds amazing!

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on August 29, 2014:

I loved your hub on Anne Frank. I've often visited Anne Franks house on school outings in Amsterdam where they were hidden during the second world war. The hidden door has played a big role in my life and during 2006 I designed a hidden door in our library that leads to our garage.

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