The hiding place 1942 - 1944

Anne, like the others, finds it difficult hiding in the Secret Annex. They can never go outside, and always have to be careful. It's very tense. Anne uses her diary to get her frustrations off her chest.

Going into hiding

As well as the Frank family there are four other Jews in the Secret Annex: Hermann and Auguste van Pels with their son Peter, and Fritz Pfeffer. Four of Otto’s employees help them. Everyone lives in constant fear of discovery. And it’s certainly not easy for eight people to live in such close quarters.

In hiding No one knows how long they’ll have to stay hidden

From Monday July 6, 1942 the Frank family goes into hiding...

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Boekenkast

The hiding place A bookcase hides the entrance

The hiding place at 263 Prinsengracht is relatively spacious. There is enough room for two families.

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Tension and arguments Sometimes, emotions run high

Eight people, living in extremely cramped quarters, in a stifling Secret Annex… the tension is unbearable...

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Daily activities Reading and studying help pass the time

The people in hiding are on a tight schedule.

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The war rages on The helpers, and the radio, deliver updates

'Today I have nothing but dismal and depressing news to report...

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Anne wrote:

Cooped up

“The sun is shining, the sky is deep blue, there's a magnificent breeze, and I’m longing - really longing– for everything: conversation, freedom, friends, being alone.”

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Annes surroundings

Otto Frank Anne and Margot's father, Edith's husband

Otto sets up a business in the Netherlands. After that, his family can come over too.

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Edith Frank Anne and Margot's mother, Otto's wife

Edith has trouble settling down in the Netherlands.

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Peter van Pels Hermann and Auguste's son

Peter is a quiet boy who likes to work with his hands.

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Bep Voskuijl Johan Voskuijl’s daughter

Bep is a secretary for Otto's company Pectacon.

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Comments (420)

may her and everyone who died, soul rest in peace.... I read her diary and is so touched........

Tanay Agrawal, 17 - Sehore - India - 18 Nov 2014 Comment on: Tension and arguments

how sad that must have been for her I would love to attend the Anne frank house if I could afford to travel to Amsterdam

rachel nevers, 19 - woking - United Kingdom - 8 Nov 2014 Comment on: In hiding

How did they know the frank family?

Katie , 13 - Orpington - United Kingdom - 8 Nov 2014 Comment on: The Helpers

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