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By Marcel Prins, Peter Henk Steenhuis

Jaap Sitters used to be merely 8 years outdated while his mom reduce the yellow stars off his outfits and despatched him, on my own, on a fifteen-mile stroll to conceal with kin. It was once a terrifying evening, one he might always remember. sooner than the tip of the battle, he may cover in mystery rooms and in the back of partitions. He could be afflicted by starvation, affliction, and the looming possibility of Nazi raids. yet he might live.

This is only one of the real tales advised in Hidden Like Anne Frank, a suite of eye-opening first-person money owed that percentage the event of going into hiding to flee the Holocaust. a few have been simply tots once they have been hidden; a few have been childrens. a few concealed with acquaintances or family members, whereas many have been with whole strangers. yet all recognize the soreness of wasting their houses, their households, even their very own names. They describe the key community that saved them secure. and so they proportion the coincidences and shut calls that made the entire difference.

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The minister himself was once the true probability. each Sunday he preached from the pulpit approximately what were acknowledged on Radio Oranje40 that week, although it was once strictly forbidden to have a radio, not to mention hearken to Radio Oranje. And he observed us, concerning the women who have been residing in his condominium due to their unwell mom. It’s hardly ever astonishing that the minister and his relations finally needed to pass into hiding themselves. That intended that we needed to depart too. My sister went with a instructor from Bergum to the island of Schiermonnikoog, the place the lady have been born. She used to be going again to educate there. My sister rejoiced at the island. the instructor, Aunt Martha, grew to become a mom determine for her. a lady from a company that helped humans to discover hiding locations took me at the again of her motorcycle to a minister in Drachten. A month later, an analogous girl took me to stick with a tender farming couple, the place a Jewish boy was once already in hiding. He used to be or 3 years older than me, and his identify used to be Bram. while the farmer went to mattress, he could say, “Why don’t the 2 of you remain the following for your time? ” On a kind of evenings, i used to be brought to intercourse. It used to be negative. I didn’t just like the boy in any respect, yet I did it besides. I felt so responsible, really simply because i used to be nonetheless puzzling over Jacques, the boy from the Jewish university. I knew he’d been deported and that it used to be in no way sure that he used to be nonetheless alive, yet i used to be ashamed simply because I had betrayed my very own emotions. whilst it grew to become risky to dwell with the younger couple, I went to stick with an older farming couple in Jubbega. they'd 5 little ones. The youngest, an single daughter, nonetheless lived at domestic. earlier than the warfare, they’d been so negative that the farmer labored in Germany on weekdays. His spouse was once a candy little outdated girl with an inclination again. summer season and iciness, she did the bathing at 4 o’clock on Monday mornings, outdoors, on an old style washboard. they'd by no means had a lot nutrition, they'd no comforts, and so they needed to paintings like canine, yet in the course of that final wintry weather of the conflict, whilst humans from the west got here knocking on the door to invite if there has been whatever to devour, they regularly had anything to spare. they'd shake their heads in amazement and say, “How is it that these urban folks haven't any meals? ” that they had a cow and a pig through then, so that they have been now not as negative as they'd as soon as been. a person may perhaps knock on the door at any second, and so they have been terrified that i might be stumbled on. “Go! Get out of sight! ” they'd shout after they observed a person imminent within the distance. So within the daylight hours, i used to be basically allowed to take a seat within the barn. It used to be a huge, tall barn that they used for hay. I sat at a desk via the door and that i learn. I left the door to the barn a bit of open, for the clean air, and to enable in a few gentle. i used to be allowed to stretch my legs a bit within the night, and that i used to move for walks alongside the canal. At evening I shared the daughter’s mattress. She labored in a library and she or he introduced domestic all types of books for me. So I sat there in that barn, studying books in German, English, and French.

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