Talk features reincarnation research, one speaker’s early, uncanny knowledge of Anne Frank


Noted author and researcher of reincarnation, Dr. Walter Semkiw, and author Barbro Karlen, who claims she is the reincarnate of Anne Frank, will speak on Tuesday, May 28, at Cal State San Bernardino.

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The presentation, “Five Decades of Reincarnation Research,” will be held from 4-6 p.m. at the Santos Manuel Student Union Theater. The event is sponsored by the Santos Manuel Student Union, the Cross-Cultural Center, the College of Arts and Letters and the Asian Studies and Language Exchange Club.

Semkiw, who is an occupational medicine physician in San Francisco, began researching and investigating reincarnation in 1995. He has written several books on the subject, including “Return of the Revolutionaries: The Case for Reincarnation and Soul Groups United” and “Born Again,” which focus on independently researched reincarnation cases with evidence of past lives.

One of those cases involves Karlen, a Swedish woman born to Christian parents in 1954. Before she reached her third birthday, Karlen told her parents that her name was not Barbro, but Anne Frank. Her parents had no idea who Anne Frank was, as “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” had not yet been translated or published in Swedish.

Frank was a young Jewish teenager living in Amsterdam. During World War II, Frank and her family went into hiding in an attic to avoid being arrested by the Nazis. The Frank family hid in the attic for about two years, until they were discovered by the Nazis, arrested and sent to concentration camps. The only survivor was Otto Frank, who was given Anne’s diary, which has since been published worldwide. The book is required reading for school children the world over.

During her childhood, Karlen told her parents details of her life as Anne Frank, which Karlen’s parents thought were fantasies. They were unaware that many of those details were what Anne Frank lived through.

Karlen would have nightmares in which men ran up the stairs and kicked in the door to her family’s attic hiding place. She had a fear of men in uniforms. As an adult, her anxieties would be so great that even if she was stopped for a traffic ticket, Karlen would consider running away.

She also had an aversion to eating beans, unaware that the Frank family existed on beans for nearly two years. She also would only take baths, not showers. In concentration camps, the Nazis would bring prisoners into large rooms telling the prisoners that they would be given showers. Instead of water, poison gas was piped through to kill the prisoners.

Karlen says she received her first validation of being Anne Frank when she was 10 years old. The family had gone on a tour of European cities, including Amsterdam, where the Frank family lived.

When the Karlen family visited Amsterdam, “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” had been published in Sweden and Karlen’s father wanted to visit the Frank house. Before they could call a taxi, Barbro Karlen talked her parents into walking to the house. She found her way to the Frank house without directions.

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