Dutch term – Onderduiker

An onderduiker literally means “under diver” and is somebody who went into hiding. The term was used during World War II to indicate Jews and other people who went into hiding to avoid deportation to the German concentration camps.

The most famous onderduiker was Anne Frank, who went into hiding with her family in the annex of the building where her father’s office was located.

Anne Frank. Credits: Unknown photographer, Anne Frank Foundation, via Wikimedia Commons (public domain).


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