Unique Book: Anne Frank, The Untold Story
Dear visitor. This book casts a new light on Anne Frank’s short life, by means of previously unknown witnesses and documents. That makes this book a valuable addition to her world-famous Diary. Moreover, it’s a tribute to those brave Dutch people who risked their lives to save Jews.
Many facets about the hiders in the Secret Annex in Amsterdam have been highlighted throughout the years, but, remarkably enough, the role of Otto Frank’s young secretary Bep Voskuijl, Elli Vossen in Anne Frank’s Diary, has received very little attention. Belgian journalist Jeroen De Bruyn and Bep’s son Joop van Wijk dove into her past and reconstructed her tragic, but fascinating life.
As a reader this book will give you a unique insight in the emotional world in front of ánd behind the revolving bookcase. For 25 months this was the scary world of Bep Voskuijl and the other five helpers. Five years of research has led to a compelling and revealing book. A story that had to be told. So, we will never forget what happened in World War II.
Author Joop van Wijk – the youngest son of Bep Voskuijl – next to the entrance of the Secret Annex where Anne Frank and 7 other Jewish people were hidden. Johan Voskuijl, the grandfather of Joop van Wijk, built this revolving bookcase in 1942.
Anne Frank’s sleeping room. Bep Voskuijl was daily in the Secret Annex. Anne and Bep became best friends. To Anne’s great joy Bep even slept one night in this room.
“Let this book be a tribute
to my mother and my grandfather,
but also to all those other silent,
who risked their life’s for innocent,
Joop van Wijk
About Bep Voskuijl, the youngest helper of Anne Frank
Bep Voskuijl is 23 years old when, in 1942, she is let in on the secret of the eight hiders on Prinsengracht. During the next 25 months, she becomes a pillar of support for Anne Frank, with whom she builds an intense friendship. Bep buys clothes and food for the hiders and supplies Anne Frank with paper to write her diary. Things aren’t easy for Bep: her father, the maker of the famous revolving bookcase, becomes gravely ill in 1943, and her sister collaborates with the Germans.
Bep leads a double life, keeping this secret from her boyfriend and family. When the Germans raid the hiding place on August 4, 1944, and arrest the hiders, Bep escapes in horror with an important wallet of her boss. Later, she rescues a large part of Anne’s writings. The news of the deaths of seven out of the eight hiders – only Otto Frank returns from the concentration camps – leaves deep scars.
4 reasons to buy this book:
- A never-before-told story, directly from the source.
- A carefully hidden truth.
- Boundless courage and loyalty in life.
- We should never forget what happened in WWII.
These issues form the mission of this book for young and old.
I truly love this book!
This book has more of an in depth information and account about Bep Voskuijl. I am so glad to learn about her. I can relate and understand what and how Bep have gone through. She was afraid, nervous, and few others but amazingly she was very brave to deal and handle things during the WWII and Nazi persecutions. I am truly glad and pleased that Bep and Anne Frank became very good friends.
Deborah A. Kamrowski on Amazon.com
“THAT IS WHAT WE MUST NEVER FORGET,
THAT ALTHOUGH OTHERS MAY SHOW COURAGE
IN THE WAR OR AGAINST THE GERMANS,
OUR HELPERS SHOW THEIR COURAGE IN THEIR
OPTIMISM AND LOVE.