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It was just past dawn, and 13-year-old Anne Frank was hurrying down the street with her parents. The day was warm and muggy. But in spite of the summer heat, Anne was wearing two vests, three pairs of pants, a dress, a skirt, a jacket, a scarf, two pairs of stockings, a cap, and a coat.
Sweat rolled down Anne’s face as she struggled to keep up with her parents. She felt foolish wearing so many clothes—but she kept that to herself. This was a life-or-death moment for her and her family, and Anne knew it.
It was July 6, 1942, in Amsterdam, a city in the Netherlands. Because they were Jewish, the Franks were in grave danger. They had made the daring decision to go into hiding, to disappear without a trace. Despite their terror, Anne and her family had to pretend that they were simply a family out for a stroll. They had to wear all their clothing because carrying suitcases would make people suspicious.
If anyone discovered what they were doing, they could be arrested and killed.