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The front attic: the observation post of the Secret Annex

Air alarms, aerial battles, bombings: the people in hiding followed it all with trepidation, because they had nowhere to go if things went wrong. Peter used the attic as an observation post and Anne would sometimes stay there, too.

Aerial combat over Amsterdam ‘We never have a peaceful night anymore’

The people in hiding were terrified when there were aerial battles over Amsterdam or when the city was bombed. There was nowhere they could go. ‘I clutched my emergency runaway kit to my chest, more to have something to hold on to than to actually run away, because we can’t leave anyway or in the most extreme case the street is as dangerous for us as a bombardment.’ (Anne Frank, 26 July 1943)