Unique Book: Anne Frank, The Untold Story
The hidden truth about
Elli Vossen, the youngest
helper of the Secret Annex
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. We – Joop as Bep’s youngest son and Jeroen as a Belgian journalist – 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 nerve-racking world of Bep Voskuijl and the other five helpers. Five years of research have 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 seven 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 lives 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 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 one of her sisters 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.
Four reasons to buy this book:
- It contains a never before told story, directly from the source.
- It reveals a carefully hidden truth.
- It’s all about boundless courage and loyalty in life.
- We should never forget what happened in WW II.
These issues form the mission of this book for young and old.
A page-turning book everyone should read
“As a professional writer/editor for more than 40 years, it is no exaggeration when I say that everyone should read the very personal story of Elisabeth “Bep” Voskuijl, the youngest person who helped to hide Anne Frank and others from 1942 to 1944.
Anne Frank, The Untold Story, is a fascinating account of the trials of living through the German Occupation while trying to save the lives of others. […] The writing is as crisp and clear as any adventure novel, and each chapter ends with a cliff-hanger that impels the reader to discover what happens next […]”
Diane Wheeler (author and editor) 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.”