Throughout the time of the Holocaust, the information that a hiding place was needed spread to the families and friends of the needy. Some people may have let them stay for free, others may have asked for a price. Some neighbors of people offered to let them stay with them, other people would build a hiding place in their own house. The size, security, and comfort of hiding places varied immensely. The adults most often did not tell the children about the location of the hiding place in advance. Their lives depended on the location of the hiding place remaining an absolute secret. There were different types of hiding some physical and some where the children had to completely change their identity.


A few hidden children survived alone, in forests and barns, living from day to day with the threat hanging over them of capture and execution. Many of the children that were in the ghettos had hiding places within them, when their families were deported they stayed behind. The Nazis went in and searched everything looking for hidden doors, fake walls, or mats covering an opening.

Some of the children survived living in the sewer system, holes, or closets. Many of them were lucky enough to have people bring them food.

Anne Franks hiding place
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