Anne Frank's Lost Love Revealed

Childhood friend of diarist's darling 'Petel' donates photo
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2008 4:08 PM CST
Anne Frank's Lost Love Revealed
The note, written in German, accompanied the passport-size photo of Anne Frank's "Petel." It reads "In friendly remembrance of your friend Lutz Peter Schiff."   (Associated Press)

Anne Frank's sweetheart now has a face to go along with his pet name. A photo of 12-year-old Lutz Peter Schiff, or Petel, as she sometimes called him, has been donated to the Anne Frank House by a childhood friend, reports ABC News. Frank wrote that she loved so strongly she didn't need a photo to remember him. But "for the readers, it is nice to finally put a face to the story," says a museum official.

Schiff exchanged a passport-size photo with Earnst Michaelis in 1939; the two boys were separated and did not meet again before Schiff's 1945 death in Auschwitz. Though Michaelis long suspected Peter was Anne's Petel, he pursued the idea only after realizing the book contained no picture of him. "Normally childhood friendships are not for publication," he says. "But in this case I think it is permissible." (Read more Anne Frank stories.)

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