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The shortage of food led to tension in the annex. Discuss.

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By 1944, Germany was losing the war and so desperate for food that it was importing all it could from conquered territories likes the Netherlands to feed its own people and supply its armies. This left most of the population of the Netherlands in a state of near starvation. The families in the annex, isolated as they were from society, may not have fully understood the magnitude of the problem. They would become angry at the people supplying them food for bringing so little, despite the fact that their sponsors were feeding the hideaways at sacrifice to themselves.

Food being so fundamental a human need, lack of food tends to...

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