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The hiding place

This aerial photo gives a good view of the hiding place: the ‘secret annexe’. From early 1942 Otto and Edith Frank already think they may have to hide from the Nazis. They prepare the secret annexe as a secret hiding place. There are a lot of small businesses in the area, so nobody would find it unusual if smoke is seen coming from the chimney at weekends. They agree that the van Pels family can also use the hiding place if they need to.

On 5 July 1942 the moment that Otto and Edith Frank have been dreading arrives: Margot gets her call-up papers. Otto and Edith decide to go into hiding the very next day. A week later the van Pels family join them: father Hermann, mother Auguste and their son Peter. In November Fritz Pfeffer joins them in hiding, so there are eight of them in all.

Hidden away

In the front part of the building business carries on as usual. Otto Frank’s employees who are helping the people in hiding have to carry on their work as normally as possible. No one must notice that there are people hiding in the secret annexe. In the evenings and at weekends, if no one else is around, the people in hiding can come into the front part of the building.

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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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