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Discovered!

On June 6, 1944, the people in hiding hear good news. The Allies have landed in Normandy! From there they want to liberate the occupied countries in Europe. Otto Frank cuts a map out of the newspaper and marks the advance of the Allies with pins.

By this time, the people in hiding have been in the secret annex for nearly two years. Anne has already begun turning her experiences there into a real book. She re-writes sections of her diary on loose sheets of paper.

Police in the secret annex

Full of tension, the people in hiding wait for the liberation of the Netherlands. Anne hopes that she’ll be able to go to school again in October. But on August 4 policemen force their way into the secret annexe and arrest the eight people in hiding and two of the helpers, Johannes Kleiman and Victor Kugler.

For the last time

The eight people in hiding are first taken to prison and then to the Westerbork transit camp. They stay there for a few weeks. Then the Nazis deport them in a freight train to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Men and women are separated on the railway platform at the camp. There, Anne sees her father, Fritz Pfeffer and Hermann and Peter van Pels for the last time.

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This day in history
Today: 11 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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