Mrs Konig said: “I sat behind Anne in class and we were friends. “You knew leaving the house, you might not make it back.” By March 1942, thousands of Jews had been persecuted and the first trainload had reached Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.
“We were dreaming of the future, it was part of our survival. Anne was a girl who was full of life, she loved to talk and liked the boys.
"If she was still alive, I am convinced that she would have become an excellent writer.
"In the end, she got her wish to be a published author." The schoolgirl’s diary was first published in 1947 and has been translated into 67 languages with more than 30 million copies sold.
Mrs Konig, who was one of 60,000 survivors liberated from Bergen-Belsen by British forces, has now spoken of her time in the camp with Anne.
“I saw Anne shortly before she died,” Mrs Jonig said. “I still see her in front of me.” Mrs Konig, who now lives in Sao Paolo, Brazil, with her husband, John, went to school with Anne Frank in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation.
“Bergen-Belsen wasn’t a death camp but the conditions eliminated people. In 1941, they were classmates at the Jewish Lyceum, a school for Jewish children no longer allowed to attend normal schools.
The Frank family had already fled Germany following persecution and moved to the Netherlands along with 300,000 other German Jews.
The pupils in these schools were taught by Jewish teachers who had been removed from their posts at normal schools. We were aware of the circumstances so we all supported each other.
A pal of tragic Jewish schoolgirl Anne Frank claims she saw her receive the diary in which she recorded the horrors of her Holocaust experience.
Millions of copies of the journal have been read around the world since it was first published following World War 2.
Nanette Konig, 85, says she was invited to Anne's thirteenth birthday party where her parents gave her the infamous journal as a present.