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PRIVATE OFFICE

On the first floor of the annex was the stately private office. After working hours, the people in hiding frequently came here to listen to the radio. Watch the clip on their ‘Source of Courage’.

In 1943, the Dutch people had to hand in their radios. The Nazis were afraid that radio stations such as the English BBC or Radio Orange would pass on messages to resistance fighters. In July 1943, Victor Kugler handed in the registered radio from the private office. Johannes Kleiman managed to get them a small new radio. This ‘baby radio’ was put in the room of the Van Pels family.

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In contrast to the reports on the persecution and mass murder of Jews in Eastern Europe, the news on the radio was sometimes positive, too. The German army was unable to defeat the Russian troops in and around ...

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