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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: 19 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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