Like Anne Frank, Jules also kept a diary but his was never published. It is on display in a museum in Utrecht in the Netherlands.
On April 15th,1943 Jules and his wife Flora Frank-van Beek picked up their suitcases and left for Amsterdam at 9.00 AM. Not out of free will but they were forced to go.
The day before they left ,Jules wrote one more entry in his diary it said:
“Will we ever return to our blessed and beloved Fatherland where we received so much love and good, God will give it”
He knew he was Jewish and was proud to be Jewish, but he also felt Dutch and was a great admirer of the Royal family. He collected a lot of things related to the house of Orange.
Jules and his wife never returned. So many of their neighbors had offered help,and shelter. They could have found hiding places and would have been safe, maybe even until after the war. But Jules did want to be a bother to anyone and remained in his own house.
A home where he would dink a cup of tea with his neighbors when they came to visit. But on the 14th of April 1943 on their 28th wedding anniversary Jules and Flora were told they had to report to the Authorities in Amsterdam.
Exactly one month later both of them were murdered in Sobibor. A Butcher and his wife who for some reason had become a threat to society. I say some reason, but there really wasn’t one. They were Jewish and due to a sick and twisted ideology what deemed them unworthy of life, they died.
A teacup and a saucer is still there as a reminder that Jules Frank and his wife once lived.
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