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.
'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
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.