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Otto and the Helpers
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The Helpers

This is a shopping list. It says: black pudding, liver sausage, calf’s feet or a small calf’s head. Hermann van Pels wrote it for Miep Gies. But of course, apart from meat, the eight people in hiding need a lot more help.

Miep Gies is one of the helpers of the eight people who are in hiding in the Secret Annex. The other helpers are Johannes Kleiman, Victor Kugler and Bep Voskuijl. Bep Voskuijl’s father has also helped the people in hiding. He made the movable bookcase which hides the entrance to the Secret Annex.

Tasks

The helpers all have different tasks. Miep Gies and Bep Voskuijl take care of the shopping. Miep also brings library books every week, so that the people in hiding have something to read. Bep signs up for correspondence courses in her own name, which the people in hiding then take: a shorthand course for Peter, Anne and Margot, and for Margot a Latin course as well.

Risk

Victor Kugler keeps the business running and regularly brings newspapers and magazines for the people in hiding. Johannes Kleiman has helped to refurbish the Secret Annex. During the time in hiding he, like Victor Kugler, is mainly concerned with running the business and with the safety of the people in hiding.
Helping is dangerous. There are severe penalties for helping Jews, so the helpers are taking a great risk.
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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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