"It must have been difficult but they were all united against a common enemy."
"I just did what I had to do. I wouldn't call myself a hero. It was a very difficult time. I couldn't talk about it for forty years."-Grietje Scott
Grietje Scott was seventeen when the war started. She lived in Holland with her mother, four sisters, and three brothers. Grietje's brother, Wilhelm, built a secret room for the Jews and covered the entrance with a mirror. When Germans were near, someone in their family would set off a buzzer that played Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. The Jews lived behind the mirror until a close friend to Grietje's family that was a resistant member, named Pete Van Brackel, was captured by the Germans. He was tortured for fifteen days until finally he told them about the secret door. Midnight that night their house was raided.Pete died a day later.
"When the Jews arrived on our doorstep we thought the war would end in six months. Once they came we did our best to protect them, sharing our food and doing whatever we had to keep them and us safe."
"I'm just glad I could do something good."