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  • ...there’s probably not a more comfortable hiding place in all of Amsterdam. No, in all of Holland.
  • My mother, Edith Hollander Frank, went with him to Holland in September, while Margot and I were sent to Aachen to stay with our grandmother.
  • Margot went to Holland in December, and I followed in February, when I was plunked down on the table as a birthday present for Margot.
  • Because we’re Jewish, my father immigrated to Holland in 1933, when he became the Managing Director of the Dutch Opekta Company, which manufactures products used in making jam.
  • In the summer of 1940 we didn’t do much for my birthday either, since the fighting had just ended in Holland.
  • If it’s that bad in Holland, what must it be like in those faraway and uncivilized places where the Germans are sending them?
  • The Christians in Holland are also living in fear because their sons are being sent to Germany.
  • Every night hundreds of planes pass over Holland on their way to German cities, to sow their bombs on German soil.
  • Things have gotten so bad in Holland that hordes of children stop passersby in the streets to beg for a piece of bread.
  • All of Holland is being punished or the workers’ strikes.
  • The province of Utrecht will be cleansed of Jews [as if they were cockroaches] between April 1 and May 1, and the provinces of North and South Holland between May 1 and June 1.
  • They’ve published maps of Holland with the potential flood areas marked.
  • The Germans are capable of herding the entire population of Holland into Germany, where they’ll all die.
  • We don’t know how many people are actually in hiding; of course, the number is relatively small compared to the general population, but later on we’ll no doubt be astonished at how many good people in Holland were willing to take Jews and Christians, with or without money, into their homes.
  • The papers are full of invasion news and are driving everyone insane with such statements as: "In the event of a British landing in Holland, the Germans will do what they can to defend the country, even flooding it, if necessary."
  • She used words like "soon, when I’m back in Holland,"
  • They were granted the right to asylum in Holland, but once Hitler is gone, they should go back to Germany.
  • What would have become of Holland and its neighbors if England had signed a peace treaty with Germany, as it’s had ample opportunity to do?
  • Mussert* [* The leader of the Dutch National Socialist (Nazi) Party] has announced that if the invasion reaches Holland, he’ll enlist.
  • On September 11, 1944, they were transferred, without benefit of a trial, to a camp in Amersfoort (Holland).
  • Their line of reasoning boils down to this: England must fight, struggle and sacri— fice its sons to liberate Holland and the other occupied countries.
  • It’s being said in underground circles that the German Jews who immigrated to Holland before the war and have now been sent to Poland shouldn’t be allowed to return here.
  • I love Holland.
  • Upon their arrest, the eight residents of the Annex were first brought to a prison in Amsterdam and then transferred to Westerbork, the transit camp for Jews in the north of Holland.
  • Those terrible Germans have oppressed and threatened us for so long that the thought of friends and salvation means everything to us! Now it’s not just the Jews, but Holland and all of occupied Europe.
  • I can safely say that all of Amsterdam, all of Holland, in fact the entire western coast of Europe, all the way down to Spain, are talking about the invasion day and night, debating, making bets and . hoping.
  • No one can see farther than the end of their nose, no one gives a thought to the fact that the British are fighting for their own country and their own people; everyone thinks it’s England’s duty to save Holland, as quickly as possible.
  • Holland would have become German, and that would have been the end of that! All those Dutch people who still look down on the British, scoff at England and its government of old fogies, call the English cowards, yet hate the Germans, should be given a good shaking, the way you’d plump up a pillow.
  • Yours, Anne M. Frank MONDAY, APRIL 3, 1944 My dearest Kitty, Contrary to my usual practice, I’m going to write you a detailed description of the food situation, since it’s become a matter of some difficulty and importance, not only here in the Annex, but in all of Holland, all of Europe and even beyond.
  • I have only one hope: that this anti-Semitism is just a passing thing, that the Dutch will show their true colors, that they’ll never waver from what they know in their hearts to be just, for this is unjust! And if they ever carry out this terrible threat, the meager handful of Jews still left in Holland will have to go.

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  • For a long time, windmills were used in Holland to drain water that would otherwise have flooded regions beneath sea level.

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