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  •  Thanks for posting the link, (4+ / 0-)
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    vcmvo2, amsterdam, wintergreen8694, jayden

    the haunting you speak of is real. I felt compelled to read her diary again this summer, to have lived almost to the end of the war, almost to liberation only to die of disease. When you think of how many Holocaust victims perished per town or city, it truly is haunting... that Anne and her family were in such close proximity to death at any moment, yet hidden away.... not quite Narnia.

    I just can't get enough of this history. If I could tell her that their efforts to survive were worth it, that we remember her, I would.

    "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass... it is about learning to dance in the rain." ~ Vivanne Grenne

    by remembrance on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 07:36:56 PM PST

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    •  They were on the very last transport (5+ / 0-)

      from the Netherlands to Auschwitz on September 3rd, less than one month after they were found.

      On September 17, a general railroad strike was called for by the Dutch government in exile in London, and executed in the Netherlands. As punishment, the Nazi's blocked all food transports to the western parts of the Netherlands. It was also one of the coldest winters in recorded history. It is known as the hunger winter. 20.000 people died of starvation that winter.

      Women and children would walk for miles into the countryside, visiting farms to get food all day long, then walked back in the freezing cold to get the food back home. If they were found by Nazi's while carrying the food home, there food would be taken away from them.
      All able bodied men, were either deported to German work camps, or were in hiding. They couldn't go out to search for food, because they would immediatly be arrested and deported. Dutch people, who were children during those years, have been most valuable for research about starvation, because it was the only known group that was well nourished before this period.

      Miep Gies, one of the women who helped hide the Frank family, writes about that winter in her biography.

      Miep was responsible for feeding the two families in hiding. She never writes about what it would've meant for her to feed 8 additional people that winter. I am sure she would've found a way to manage.

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