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October 4, 2017

The Anne Frank house in Amsterdam

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 1:46 pm

My photo of the house where Ann Frank hid in the city of Amsterdam

Anne Frank is back in the news.

You can read about her in this news article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/10/04/who-betrayed-anne-frank-artificial-intelligence-could-finally-solve-the-mystery/?utm_term=.1aae55d98ba8

I wrote about Anne Frank in this section of  my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AnneFrank/AnneFrank01.html

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In February 1942, the Nazis began rounding up all the Jews in Germany and the occupied countries for evacuation to the East in what the Nazis called “The Final Solution to the Jewish Question.”

13-year-old Anne Frank

Knowing that his family would soon be deported, Otto Frank began preparing a hiding place in the annex with a two-year supply of food and other essentials. Five months later, Anne and her family suddenly disappeared, leaving behind notes saying that they had gone to Switzerland, which was a neutral country during World War II. Otto Frank’s brother actually did escape from occupied France to Switzerland, but Otto Frank wanted to remain in Amsterdam because he had a thriving business there.

Many other Jewish families in Amsterdam also went into hiding, trusting that their Dutch neighbors and business associates would not betray their hiding places to the police. Approximately 25,000 Dutch Jews hid during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands which began after the Germans defeated the Dutch in May 1940 in the early part of World War II.

Those unfortunate Dutch Jews who did not go into hiding were sent to the transit camp at Westerbork, from where they were then transported by train to Auschwitz, the infamous killing center, located in what is now Poland, where millions of Jews perished in the gas chambers.

Many of the 160,000 Jews in the Netherlands were refugees, like the Franks and their friends in the annex, who had escaped from Germany after Hitler and the Nazis came to power in 1933.

Westerbork was originally a refugee camp for German Jews who were regarded as illegal immigrants in the Netherlands after they escaped over the border from Nazi Germany before the war.

The Franks went into hiding on July 6, 1942 shortly after Anne’s 13th birthday on June 12th. One week later they were joined by Hermann and Auguste van Pels, their 15-year-old son Peter and Peter’s cat. Dr. Pfeffer joined them on November 16, 1942, bringing along his dentist’s drill.

On August 4th, 1944, the police raided their hiding place in the annex and they were taken to the Westerbork transit camp on a passenger train, after a short stay at the Amsterdam headquarters of the Security Police. On September 3, 1944, all 8 were loaded onto a freight train and taken on the last transport of Dutch Jews to Auschwitz, where they arrived on the night of September 5th and 6th. Otto Frank was the only one of the 8 who survived. He died on August 19, 1980 in Switzerland.

Hermann van Pels was murdered in the gas chamber at Auschwitz in either September or October 1944, according to the information presented at the Anne Frank House. Anne’s mother died of tuberculosis in January 1945 at Auschwitz. Anne and her sister died of typhus at Bergen-Belsen; the others all died from disease in various Nazi concentration camps to which they were transferred from Auschwitz.

 

Anne Frank is back in the news

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: — furtherglory @ 11:01 am

You can read the latest news about Anne Frank in this recent news article:

Who betrayed Anne Frank? New probe launched by ex-FBI agent

The following quote is from the news article:

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A new investigation into the circumstances surrounding the discovery of Anne Frank’s hiding place in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, which eventually led to her death, has been launched by a retired FBI agent.

Led by Vince Pankoke, who formerly worked with the FBI to track Colombian drug cartels, the project will use cold case investigative techniques and data analysis software developed in the last decade to unravel one of history’s greatest mysteries: Who betrayed Anne Frank?

The German teenager was best known for her diary documenting her time in the “Secret Annex,” a hidden enclave at the back of her father Otto Frank’s former office, at 263 Prinsengracht in the Dutch capital. The Franks and another Jewish family spent more than two years in hiding before they were discovered by the Gestapo, the German secret police, in August 1944 and sent off to concentration camps.

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Was it a crime to reveal the hiding place of a family of Jews?  I don’t think so.

Why did the Nazis want to put the Jews into concentration camps?

It was because the Jews were the enemy, and there was a war going on. Many of the Jews who were sent to camps survived.

There are friends of Anne Frank, who did not go into hiding, and they are still alive because they were safe inside the camps.

You can follow the link below to other articles I have written about Anne Frank:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/anne-frank/

 

 

 

 

 

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