Hidden Like Anne Frank: 14 True Stories of Survival by Marcel Prins, Peter Henk Steenhuis

By Marcel Prins, Peter Henk Steenhuis

Fourteen unforgettable real tales of youngsters hidden away in the course of international conflict II

Jaap Sitters used to be purely 8 years previous while his mom minimize the yellow stars off his outfits and despatched him, on my own, on a fifteen-mile stroll to conceal with relations. It was once a terrifying evening, one he could always remember. ahead of the tip of the battle, Jaap could cover in mystery rooms and at the back of partitions. He might be afflicted by starvation, affliction, and the looming chance of Nazi raids. yet he could live.

This is only one of the great tales instructed in HIDDEN LIKE ANNE FRANK, a suite of eye-opening first-person debts that percentage what it used to be prefer to cross into hiding in the course of global conflict II. a few youngsters have been in basic terms 3 or 4 years outdated after they have been hidden; a few have been young children. a few concealed with associates or relatives, whereas many have been with entire strangers. yet all understand the soreness of wasting their houses, their households, even their very own names. They describe the key community of courageous those that saved them secure. and so they percentage the coincidences and shut escapes that made all of the distinction.

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The farming community, whose eldest sons were in a reserved occupation, provided perhaps the largest pool of volunteers. One farmer’s son, Geoffrey Morgan-Jones from Herefordshire, was told that their job was to be ‘a bloody nuisance to Jerry’. Others such as senior scouts and gamekeepers were picked, and even known poachers were considered. The Patrol sergeants were local, respected men and each county was under the control of an Intelligence Officer. qxd 6/3/09 08:53 Page 41 best known of these was Peter Fleming, brother of the novelist Ian Fleming, who established patrols in Kent in 1940.

Lakes, rivers and reservoirs were also attended to: in 1940, Luftwaffe seaplanes had used them as convenient points from which to off-load troops in the seizure of Rotterdam’s bridges. Anti-aircraft weaponry The devastating, pinpoint attacks by the Junkers Ju 87 Stuka in the campaigns in western Europe in 1940 had brought home the need for the defence of vulnerable sites, such as wireless or power stations, by light anti-aircraft (LAA) weapons. Britain did not possess an adequate number of LAA guns before the war: attempts to purchase Breda 20mm guns from Italy came to nought in 1940 when Italy entered the war on Germany’s side.

Others would come from the Commonwealth and Dominions, the US and Eire. qxd 6/3/09 08:53 Page 49 had invasion taken place. A massive contribution was made by Polish and also Czech pilots during the Battle of Britain. In 1940 and 1941 Polish troops played a vital part in the construction and guarding of the anti-invasion defences of eastern Scotland. The contributions of the men and women from Norway, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Yugoslavia and Greece were significant, too. The arrival of US forces from 1942 onwards marked a turning point in the war and the recognition that Britain’s darkest days were coming to a close.

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