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Peter was given this board game as a present for his sixteenth birthday on November 8, 1942. Peter had plans to go to the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) after the war. In her diary, Anne Frank writes:

"After I’d explained some French to him, we began to talk. He told me that after the war he wanted to go to the Dutch East Indies and live on a rubber plantation. He talked about his life at home (…) and how he felt like a worthless bum. I told him he had a big inferiority complex."

From The Diary of Anne Frank, February 16, 1944.
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This day in history
Today: 20 February 2018
Then: 19 February 1945

Some 30,000 United States Marines land on the Western Pacific island of Iwo Jima, where they encounter ferocious resistance from Japanese forces. The Americans take control of the strategically important island after a month-long battle.

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