Listening in on conversations at Opekta
From December 1940 - when Opekta moved into the building - until the moment the Nazis no longer allowed Jews to run their own businesses, this was Otto Frank's workplace. During the hiding period, all business meetings took place in this room. The building had thin walls and floors, and the people in hiding - one floor up in the Secret Annex - were able to follow the discussions word for word.
At Otto's request, Margot and Anne followed such a discussion from the hiding place. They had to put their ears to the floor to do so. Anne was bored and fell asleep. ‘I slept for what must have a good half-hour, then awoke with a start and had forgotten everything I’d heard of the important meeting. Good thing Margot had been paying better attention.’ [1 April 1943]