LONDON – Gena Turgel, a Holocaust survivor who comforted Anne Frank at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp before the young diarist's death and the camp's liberation a month later, has died. She was 95.
She died Thursday, Britain's chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, said on Twitter. The news brought tributes from some of the people the Polish native touched in the decades she shared her World War II experiences, including witnessing the horrors of the Nazi camps at Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Bergen-Belsen.
It was in a hospital at Bergen-Belsen, where the 22-year-old Turgel arrived in February 1945, that she cared for Anne Frank as the 15-year-old girl was dying from typhus. “I washed her face, gave her water to drink, and I can still see that face, her hair and how she looked,” Turgel once told the BBC.
Turgel published a memoir, “I Light a Candle,” in 1987 and kept retelling her story in schools across Britain until the end of her life.
After World War II, Turgel married one of Bergen-Belsen's British liberators, Norman Turgel, earning the nickname “The Bride of Belsen.” Her wedding dress, made from parachute silk, is displayed at the Imperial War Museum in London.
Brazilian tennis star of 1960s dies
Maria Bueno, a Brazilian tennis great who won three Wimbledon singles titles and four at the U.S. Open in the 1950s and 1960s, and helped usher in modern women's tennis, has died after battling mouth cancer. She was 78.
Nicknamed “The Tennis Ballerina” because of her graceful style, Bueno spent most of her career on the court before the professional era.
She won 19 Grand Slam titles overall, seven in singles, 11 in doubles and one in mixed doubles, between 1959 and 1966. She also reached the singles final at both the Australian Open and the French Open.
Bueno was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1978 and was more recently contributing regularly to Brazilian television at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and other major tennis events.
Fleetwood Mac's early guitarist dies
Mick Fleetwood says former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan has died at age 68.
Fleetwood says in a Facebook post that Kirwan died Friday in London. No cause of death was given.
Kirwan was part of the iconic band from 1968-1972, playing on the albums “Then Play On,” ''Blues Jam at Chess,” “Kiln House,” Future Games” and “Bare Trees.”
Fleetwood writes that Kirwan's legacy “will forever live on in the music he wrote and played so beautifully as a part of the foundation of Fleetwood Mac.”