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Hidden Like Anne Frank
Transcript of Hidden Like Anne Frank
Later after, they moved to a bigger town so Rita could get an education. A lot of times Nazis would come into her house looking for Jews. She would be forced to act like she was not a Jew.
Story One: The Stars Have Gone Away
Story Three: I’ll Go Fetch Her Tomorrow
After liberation, Bloeme Emden was on her way back to the Netherlands. She sent a postcard to a house on Rijnstraat in Amsterdam, which had been her safe house during war. The postcard was to her normal home, saying that she survived and would be home safe soon. She got home and her boyfriend, Freddy, didn’t even recognize her until she spoke; she was now bald and eradicated from the war. He yelled to his parents to come see that she was here, and they welcomed her happily (they had been waiting for her since she sent the postcard). “I have two dresses, and one of them is for you.” His mother had said.
A few years before, she had been going around the town and heard Hitler’s words about Jews being destroyed. She decided that she would not be eradicated. It would be hard to hide from all the violence. She was patient. She could not go out and she was fine with that. She was only frightened when Jewish families were taken away.
A while later, she went back to school. In said school, there were only Jewish children. The classroom became emptier as kids went into hiding. She did her exams with only two classmates. A few weeks later, there were twelve exams left. She was now the only pupil. After the exams, Freddy picked her up. On the way to their vehicle, a siren went off. Everyone started flooding into the school, so they followed. Bloeme ran to the principal an asked if she could take the remaining exams after school. He managed to get everyone together so she could quietly take the tests. They had a small meeting and she got her diploma.
Freddy once again was waiting at the door, and this time, they could go. She went to his house and ate dinner. When she got home, she found out that some men would come and take her mother and sister, Via, or her. She couldn't stop thinking about it. Bleome went, though. Via cried and waved to her as she left to the police station with other Jews.
She joined with another Jewish family, which "adopted" her. Later, the Germans took them to a famous theater in Amsterdam and kept them there. Obviously it was not fun nor entertaining. They registered everyone as they went in, but Bloeme faked looking busy so she would not be registered, and she wasn't. One of her cousin's friends worked here, and they made a plan to help her get out. Once she escaped, she got a fake ID, was called Nancy Altman and lived with her Aunt and Uncle. Her emergency hiding place was Freddy's house because his mother was not Jewish but his father was. She slept in Freddy's room and he in the drawing room. She went to a prison when she was caught.
She and her jail mates made up little songs about being in jail and how much they wanted to go home. A ninety-six year old woman was her best friend.
After the war, Freddy and hers' relationship crumbled. He questioned her about anything and she was done.
Story Four: Number Seventeen
Jack Eljon wasn't even three years old when WWII started. He woke up early on that morning and was scared by the sound of airplanes, so he slept with his parents. When they got up, his father started packing. He knew Jews were attempting to escape Germany. They went to the small village where they usually camp, and stayed with their relatives. He played with his Aunt and Uncle's youngest son most. Jack started looking suspicious so he went to his other Aunt's house in Haarlem. His mother forced herself to let her little boy leave with an unknown lady.
His Aunt's oldest daughter liked Jack very much. Rietje (REET-chuh) always brought him to the hairdresser, where she worked. One day they decided he now had to go to their neighbor's house, then to Aunt Da's house. Aunt Da and her children hit Jack for not eating and asking where his mother was. He cried himself to sleep every night. Only one of the children was the slightest bit gentle, but she still stuffed food into his mouth. When he swallowed, he would throw up and they would stuff the puke in his mouth.
When he went to school, he stood out and loved it. He was away from the mean ladies. One day, an SS (group of Nazis) came looking for him. He jumped into a bucket on a bike of a bread carrier and they rode. When he got off, he lived with a family of strangers. When the Germans came, which was once, he hid in a small spot where they would not find him. He was there for an hour and a half. When he came out, they said he was safe to tell them his name. He bluffed and said he didn't know. They then had a meeting with many women to find his mother and his name. He immediately found his mother and sat with her.
He did not like his father. Jack visited Aunt Da from when he was ten to seventeen. She and her daughter even went to his wedding.
Story Two: Three Pianos
When he was a boy, his father and himself would go to the soccer club every Sunday to see soccer players. Jaap Sitters’ father was a member of the Red Cross. He had an Opel Convertible, which had a stretcher sticking up from the backseat. One day his father came home to discover his Convertible had been taken by the Germans. They never went to a soccer match again.
He kept playing matches with his neighbor, Jopie Hoefnahel (YOH-pee HOOF-nah-gul) Jopie once asked, “Shouldn’t you be going to school about now? You know, because you’re a Jew.” Jaap was and looked confused. He was about to ask about it, but just as he was going to, Jopie slapped him. Jaap walked away and burst into tears. What just happened? Why’d he slap him? His mother comforted him and explained that his friend’s parents are NSB (National Socialist Movement) members. Obviously, they were Jewish. In 1941, Jopie was proved right. Jews went to separate schools.
At the end of the war, Jaap’s family was the last one left.
14 True Stories of Survival
Hidden Like Anne Frank
The Hollandsche Schouwburg is the theater in Amsterdam that the Germans took the Jews to. This is it.
During the first days of the war, Rose-Mary Kahn and her parents talked of leaving the town. Her father was very optimistic about how the war would turn out. He didn't want to leave his business in the dust, but they persuaded him to leave. They were sent back . Her father had a very popular and fashionable clothing shop, this was why he didn't want to leave. A few days later, her father's brother made an anti-German speech at the store; he and her father were arrested, but released three weeks later. Germans raided the house, which scared Rose-Mary. They found her and didn't kill anyone, and the police only found a few bullets, but that was it. Her family lived with their neighbors for a while and hid with them. They played cards and read quite a bit. She later got an identity card and lived on.
Story Five: My Father's Store
Story Six : Uncle Henk's Children
When Jewish kids were separated by schools in 1941, Sieny Kattenburg's friend said, "Sieny, we'll work. They need staff at the kindergarten, so let's go there. Let's work." They took care of Jewish and non-Jewish children. The boss employed them and taught them the ways of properly looking after children. As raids started happening, the non- Jews were kicked out, an order from the Germans. More Jews started coming to the daycare/kindergarten to be taken care of. Sieny was in charge of the newborns to four-year-olds. The non-Jewish were sent to the Schouwburg, (the hotel place from I'll Go Fetch Her Tomorrow) and whenever she went to bring the babies to the mothers for a little bit, everyone would ask, "Can I come too?"
When children in the same family came to the kindergarten together, they were put on a list, something like "____ Family, __ Children" Once the Germans stomped in and woke the children and Sieny, being a nice person, made them leave for waking them.
Later, the kindergarten was emptied. Sieny fall in love with Harry Cohen, got married and lived on her merry days.
Leni De Vries' first memories were getting her tonsils out and her grandmother giving her a doll. When the war started, Leni was in hiding. Her father sold beef and when the war started he had to sell pork, too. When they went into hiding, they told her grandparents to hide, too, they refused to go into hiding and they were soon taken by the Germans. In Leni's first house with the resistanse she was abused but in the second she was really taken in and loved. She went into hiding in that house, but she had to pee really bad. There was not a toilette, so she peed on a feather duster. Many of the people in her new house died and she found in quite hard to become attached to people after the war.
Story Seven: Aunt Nelly