Secretly listening to the radio in Otto’s office: Anne is terrified
The people in hiding used the large radio in the private office to follow the news. On the evening when the people in hiding went there for the first time, Anne was terrified. ‘I was so terrified that someone might hear it that I literally begged Father to go upstairs with me.’ (Anne Frank, 11 July 1942.)
Later, Anne got over her fear and would go there to listen to music. In the summer of 1943, the occupying forces required the Dutch to hand in their radios, to prevent them from listening to anti-German stations such as the BBC or Radio Orange. The helpers decided to hand in the large radio to avoid difficulties. After that, they listened to a small radio in the room of the Van Pels family to keep up with the news.