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D-Day On June 6 1944 it came at last What all occupied Europe had long been waiting and praying for the Allied invasion In London Pieter Gerbrandy the man who become Prime Minister made a speech to the Dutch people on Radio Oranje And for his part Anton Mussert Leider of the Dutch people sent a telegram to Adolph Hitler Fuehrer of the German people reaffirming his eternal loyalty Intense fighting would last for many weeks in Normandy Meanwhile the situation in occupied Holland continued to deteriorate Food--what there was of it--was dismal In September 1943--nearly one year earlier--the Nazis in Holland could gleefully announce to Berlin the country to be certifiably Judenrein free of Jews They had managed to deport nearly 100000 Jews to the death camps in Poland Virtually the only Jews now remaining in Holland were the thousands of them who had managed to go into hiding Tracking down these hidden Jews continued to be a major Gestapo mission Early in August and acting upon a tip which had come their way the Gestapo found and arrested eight Jews who had been hiding in an Amsterdam warehouse This group of Jews whose youngest member was the 15 year old Anne Frank were immediately taken to Gestapo headquarters From there they were sent to the Dutch concentration camp Westerbork They would remain there for some four weeks After D-Day the Dutch resistance movement was growing ever bolder Some in the Resistance were taking now to singling out prominent Nazis and their Dutch sympathizers for assassination Nothing exists in a vacuum as Dutch resistance become stronger German counter-measures became ever more brutal For every German murdered several Dutchmen would be picked up shot in his place But such measures only stiffened the resolve of the resistance all the mo
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