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Victor Kugler

Asked after the war why he helped the people in hiding, Victor Kugler replied:

‘I couldn’t do otherwise. I had to help them: they were my friends. I never told my wife anything, she was very ill. I didn’t want to worry her and so I couldn’t talk about it at home. For the people in hiding, their lives changed completely. They had to be completely silent, especially during the day. But for us helpers too it was a tense, frightening time. Our greatest fear was that the hiding place would be discovered. I had to put on a good ‘act’ in front of Otto Frank’s former business partners, customers and the neighbours.’

From ‘Victor Kugler, the man who hid Anne Frank: his memoirs in his own words’, by Eda Shapiro

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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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