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Bep Voskuijl
This is Bep Voskuijl’s wartime identity card.

Bep never spoke about why she helped the people in hiding. In 2001 her sister, Willy van der Vennen-Voskuijl, said:

"She went through things with the Frank family as if it was her own family. Not that she talked a lot about it, she actually never did, but the fact that she named her daughter after Anne Frank shows that Bep reserved a special place in her heart for Anne."

And Bep’s daughter, Anne, said of her mother:

"My mother felt that what she did was nothing special. If you find yourself in such a situation that’s what you do. She never wanted attention; also not at family celebrations. But within the family, she was certainly not silent. She was calm and thoughtful. But she also had the most wonderful laugh."

From the Anne Frank Magazine, 2001.
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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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