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Hiding in the Secret Annex
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Otto Frank
Edith Frank-Holländer
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Anne Frank
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Auguste van Pels-Röttgen
Peter van Pels
Fritz Pfeffer
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Hiding in the secret annex

A call-up paper for forced labor in Germany. On Sunday July 5, 1942, Margot receives a call-up like this. It states that she has to go to work for the Nazis in Germany. On that same Sunday, 1,000 Amsterdam Jews receive these cards in the mail. They have to report with their cards. When they report, they are given a form which tells them where they will depart from and the things they must bring with them, such as a work jacket and work boots.

No one knows exactly what the Nazis have planned, but people are very worried. Anne’s parents are prepared for the call-up. The family has decided to go into hiding in the back of the building where Otto Frank has his business. With the help of a few trusted employees he has refurbished this annex as a secret hiding place. Four employees know about the plan. They have promised to help.

Eight people in hiding

The Frank family leaves for the hiding place the very next day, without telling anyone. Of course, Anne cannot tell her friends. After an hour’s walk they arrive at the hiding place. Otto Frank tells Anne that another family will be sharing the hiding place with them: the van Pels family. The van Pels family, Hermann and Auguste and their son Peter, arrive on July 13, 1942. On November 16, 1942 another person comes to join them in hiding: Fritz Pfeffer. Now there are eight people in hiding.

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This day in history
Today: 12 December 2017
Then: 11 December 1941

Germany and Italy declare war on the United States; the U.S. respond in kind.

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