Tension and arguments
Hermann and Auguste van Pels's Room
In the evening all eight people in hiding and sometimes helper Bep Voskuijl too eat at the large table in this room.
Eight people, living in extremely cramped quarters, in a stifling Secret Annex… the tension is unbearable. The people in hiding live in continual fear of being discovered.
In the beginning, the atmosphere in the Secret Annex is very pleasant, but the first conflicts quickly arise. The people in hiding have to stay indoors around the clock. They must also be extremely quiet during the day when people are at work in the warehouse downstairs. Because the waste pipes for the toilet run right through the warehouse, the toilet is flushed as little as possible.There is a lot of tension, probably due to the oppressive nature of the hiding place and their constant fear of being discovered. They often quarrel among themselves. Anne describes this in much detail in her diary.
Anne is struggling
Otto notes about Anne: "It was clear right from the beginning that life in hiding would be far more difficult for the spirited Anne than for us. We were aware of how much she would miss her many friends from school. Margot, who was much more mature, would accept with the situation quicker. As often as she can, Anne pours out her heart to her diary: “The nicest part is being able to write down all my thoughts and feelings, otherwise I'd absolutely suffocate.”
Anne often sits at this little table in her room to write in her diary (Photo of the refurnished secret annex: Allard Bovenberg).