The Nazi soldiers learned that we were friends of Rosen's, who were Jews. They came to search our apartment for them.
The soldiers pounded on our door very late at night. We were scared! They demanded to search our apartment for the Rosen's! My father insisted they were not here, but allowed the soldiers to search.
Ellen and I heard the soldiers. I reached over to Ellen and pulled her Star of David necklace off her neck, so the soldiers would not see Ellen was a Jew. They searched my room as I held tightly to the necklace in my hand.
My father was a quick thinker, as the soldiers questioned why he had one daughter with blonde hair and on with black hair. Father pulled out family pictures of my sister Lise, who is deceased. When she was younger she had black hair just like Ellen! The soldiers could not argue with that!
My father was so brave! The soldiers were upset that they did not find the Rosen's! They tore up the photos of my sister Lise and stomped on them with their boots. I know it hurt my parents, because those were special memories of my sister, but my father was willing to do whatever to save Ellen!
As the Nazi soldiers left our apartment we felt sad and angry, but relieved! We were able to help the Rosen's by protecting Ellen. We were able to do a small part in protecting the Dutch Jews!