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Monday,15 June,1942

I had my birthday party on Sunday afternoon. The Rin Tin Tin film was a big hit with my classmates. I got two brooches, a bookmark and two books.

I’ll start by saying a few things about my school and my class, beginning with the other children.

Betty Bloemendaal looks rather poor, and I think she probably is. She lives on an obscure street in West Amsterdam, and none of us knows where it is. She does very well at school, but that’s because she works so hard, not because she’s clever. She’s pretty quiet.

Jacqueline van Maarsen is supposedly my best friend, but I’ve never had real friend. At first I thought Jacque would be one, but I was badly mistaken.






Wednesday, 24 June, 1942

It’s sweltering. Everyone is huffing and puffing, and in this heat I have to walk everywhere. Only now do I realize how pleasant a tram is, but we Jews are no longer allowed to make use of this luxury; our own two feet are good enough for us. Yesterday at lunchtime I had an appointment with the dentist on Jan Luyken Street. It’s a long way from our school on Stadstimmertuinen. That afternoon I nearly fell asleep at my desk. Fortunately, people automatically offer you something to drink. The dental nurse is really kind.

The only mode of transport left to us is the ferry. The ferryman at Josef Israelkade took us across when we asked him to. It’s not the fault of the Dutch that we Jews are having such a bad time.




Wednesday, 8 July, 1942

It seems like years since Sunday morning. So much has happened it’s as if the whole world had suddenly turned upside down. But as you can see, Kitty, I’m still alive all right, but don’t ask where or how. You probably don’t understand a word I’m saying today, so I’ll begin by telling you what happened Sunday afternoon.

At three o’clock (Hello had left but was supposed to come back later), the doorbell rang, I didn’t hear it, since I was out on the balcony, lazily reading in the sun. A little while later Margot appeared in the kitchen doorway looking very agitated. ‘Father has received a call-up notice from the SS,’ she whispered. ‘Mother has gone to see Mr. van Dann.’ (Mr. van Dann is Father’s business partner and a good friend.)




Friday, 14 August, 1942

I’ve deserted you for an entire month, but so little has happened that I can’t find a newsworthy item to relate every single day. The van Daan arrived on 13 July. We thought they were coming on the fourteenth, but from the thirteenth to sixteenth the Germans were sending out call-up notices right and left and causing a lot of unrest, so they decided it would be safer to leave a day earlier than a day too late.

Peter van Daan arrived at nine-thirty in the morning (while we were still at breakfast).Peter is going on sixteen, a shy, awkward boy whose company won’t amount too much. Mr. and Mrs. Van Daan came half an hour later. Much to our amusement, Mrs van Daan was carrying a hatbox with a large chamber pot inside. ‘I just don’t feel at home without my chamber pot,’ she exclaimed, and it was the first item to find a permanent place under the divan. Instead of a chamber pot, Mr. van D. was lugging a collapsible tea table under his arm.




Friday, 21 August, 1942

Now our Secret Annexe has truly become secret. Because so many houses are being searched for hidden bicycles, Mr. Kugler thought it would be better to have a bookcase built in front of the entrance to our hiding place. It was swings out on its hinges and opens like a door. Mr. Voskuji did the carpentry work. (Mr. Voskuji has been told that the seven of us are in hiding, and he’s been most helpful.)

Now whenever we want to go downstairs we have to duck and then jump. After the first three days we were all walking around with bumps on our foreheads from banging our heads against the low doorway. Then Peter cushioned it by nailing a towel stuffed with wood shavings to the door frame. Let’s see if it helps!



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