The helpers, and the radio, deliver updates.

The war rages on

Razzia on Merwedeplein A roundup (razzia) during the summer of 1943 in the neighborhood surrounding Merwedeplein, where the Frank family lived before going into hiding.
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'Today I have nothing but dismal and depressing news to report. Our many Jewish friends and acquaintances are being taken away in droves… transporting them in cattle cars to Westerbork, the big camp in Drenthe to which they're sending all the Jews. Miep told us about someone who'd managed to escape from there. It must be terrible in Westerbork.' -- Anne Frank

Anne writes:

“Will this year, 1944, bring us victory? We don't know yet. But where there's hope, there's life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again. We'll need to be brave to endure the many fears and hardships and the suffering yet to come.”

Discovered

The people in hiding in the secret annexe were discovered on 4 August 1944.

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Messages via the helpers

In the afternoon, the helpers often go upstairs to eat lunch with the people hiding in the Secret Annex. The warehouse workers have then gone home for a short break. The state of affairs in the city is frequently discussed. There are many razzias. Jews are picked up and taken to Camp Westerbork. Jews who do not voluntarily turn themselves in are picked up and sent to the transit camp in Westerbork. From there, trains leave nearly every week for unknown destinations in the east of Europe. The people in hiding assume the majority of Jews will be murdered there. The people in hiding are already anxious and depressed, so the helpers do not always tell them about everything going on in the outside world.

Raid at the Merwedeplein A raid in the summer of 1943, in the neighbourhood of Merwedeplein, where the Frank family lived before they went into hiding.

Hoping for peace

When the people in hiding have spent almost two years in the Secret Annex, there is fantastic news: a massive landing of the Allies on the beaches of Normandy. D-day takes place on 6 June 1944. Will the occupied countries of Europe soon be liberated? Anne hopes to return to school in September or October…

Map of Normandy After D-Day, Otto Frank marks the progress of the Allied forces on this little card.

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we should share the dairy of Anne so this never happen again

casiano, 14 - arizona - United States - 5 Mar 2014

I am Very Very PLEASED with this website Go Anne Frank

Mialeigh Brown, 13 - Greenwood - United States - 20 Nov 2013

im stunned by the vuglar way of the natzi but anne frank made history and may we forever rember her

kyria, United Kingdom - 8 Jan 2013

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