Moving to the Netherlands

In 1933 Anne and her family moved to Amsterdam, where they hoped to stay safe from the Nazis but they weren’t safe for long because later on, in 1940 the Germans invaded the Netherlands.In Anne’s outside life, she attended Motessori school where she makes two best friends . Discrimination increased towards the Jewish people, which meant that Anne and Margot had to go to a separate schools, just for Jewish people. They were forced to leave their friends behind . Shortly after, Anne’s fathers had to give up his business because of the new law that stated Jews were not allowed to own their own business. Other rules included, having to wear the star of David (of over six years old) and the possibility of being arrested just for being Jewish. Lots of the Jewish people were killed by the Nazis, others were sent to a concentration camp (prisons for Jews created by the Nazis and where millions of people died!

The secret Annexe

Dear Kitty,

Today me and my family arrived at the secret annexe, it was really small up there in the attic, there was not a lot of space to walk around, but it was bearable. Hopefully, we can settle in, we might be in here for a long time. Miep, the lady who helped us hide, told us we had to stay silent during the day, it was very boring. My mum sat there, still, in shock. She didn’t move…

Anne

Dear kitty,

Wednesday 8th July 1942

When I arrived at the office,where Mr Kulger ,Mr Kleiman and Meip worked, I realised that Margot had arrived  there before us because she went on her bike. When we all got together, Mr Kulger showed us up to the secret annexe, it was on the third floor. We had to stay quiet for certain times, expect the weekends. Who ever left the hiding place had to hurry in a rush,two years of our lives we spent hiding from the Germans . Another family and a dentist joined us ,the dentist was called Mr Dussell and the family was the Van-Dan family. Throughout hiding, I felt happy because we weren’t alone but scared because we could have been caught.

Anne.

Dear Kitty,

Wednesday 8th July 1942,

I was  hiding in my father’s offices,in the attic. It’s not the best of places but it will do. I had a bland and boring bedroom, so to liven it up, over the years I had stuck some photos on the walls. Most of our belongings had been sent there in advance. This was because our plans were changed because my sister Margot was called up to go to  concentration camp, luckily this never happened we continued to hide like this for 2 years.

Anne

The secret annex

Saturday 12th February 1942                                                                               When I first stepped into the tiny cramped space, I thought to my self how are we going to live in the attic of my dads  office building? Half way through the day, another family called Mr and Mrs Van Dan, and their son  arrived.Not long after, a dentist called Mr Kulger joined us. Now I was thinking to myself, I  can’t live with them. As life progressed, it got harder to live especially, if you were  ill . You had to wait it out . It also wasn’t very nice having to have the same meal over and over again.

Wednesday 8th July 1942

Dearest Kitty,

I can’t believe that this is really going to happen!  I am overwhelmed by the fear of being found and killed and going to a concentration camp, my heart is throbbing in agony because I fear of what is happening. Oh poor Moortje all alone, I hope if I live she will to…..

I had no idea where we were going to hide, but I soon knew as we approached my fathers office. Mr Kulger, Mr Kleiman and Miep work beneath us on the factory floor.  Miep is  a star, bringing  food and presents for us.

Holland will never be the same and neither will my family because of Adolf Hitler. Mums calling now so I shall speak later goodbye.

Anne

Wednesday 8th July 1942

Dearest kitty,

As we cautiously stepped closer to our new home  (until the end of the war). My fathers co- workers greeted us in a suspicious hurry, they led us up for what seemed hundreds of stairs. We finally stopped at a bookcase which was  a relief.

I was extremely tired and eager to find mine and Margot’s bedroom, I brightened my room with photos of famous  people.

My father called me and Margot to go to the dinner room which we spent most of are time in an awkward silence. Must go, mother shouted, we have to stay quiet  for another hour.

From Anne

 

 

Wednesday 18 July 1942

Wednesday 18 July 1942

Dear Kitty,

As we were walking through the streets, I was terrified and I started asking myself what was going to happen to us? We then saw a German soldier. I was trembling like a jelly. I was thinking are we going to be killed? Or are we going to stay alive?  Fortunately he did not notice us. As people say “chances are from gold”, so we took our chance and ran away.

Yours Anne

 

 

Wednesday 8th July 1942

Dearest Kitty

Today is the day where we move into our hiding place (which is called the Secret Annexe) because the Nazi’s are invading Holland, I heard, and to be honest I am actually a bit concerned. Margo (my annoying sister)  and I have been forced to hide in this secret sanctuary.

We packed our bags as fast as our bodies would take us, we soon finished though we walked the street wisely and carefully so none of the Nazi’s caught us. We finally arrived at our destination, we travelled through the building quickly and stomped up the dreadful, horrible stairs and finally chilled in our ‘new home’. It was awful!

Anne