Traces of the people in hiding

The story of the beans that were left behind

In the autumn of 1942, the helpers bought six bags of dried beans for the people in hiding. Peter hoisted them up to the attic, but one 25-kilo bag tore open.

‘We started picking them up right away, but beans are so little and slippery that they roll into every nook and cranny.’

After his return from Auschwitz, Otto still found some beans between the cracks of the stairs in the annex. These were added to the collection.

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