The photo was taken yesterday morning - I'm holding the umbrella for my wife's cousin, 87-year-old Mrs Dorrit Sander of New York. She's maybe not the Forums' usual idea of a 'veteran', but I think that she thoroughly deserves the accolade. As Fraulein Dorrit Frank, she, her sister, mother and father hid in the house behind us for three years, 1942-1945, in a small street close to the centre of Den Haag ( The Hague ). Other members of her family, and many friends, chose not to go into hiding and she never saw them again. Her first boyfriend is known to have died in Auschwitz. Her father left the house only to buy provisions at the tiny corner shop, explaining that he was a 'Swiss-German Doctor' caring for his supposedly deranged, bed-ridden wife. The girls stayed hidden all the time, thanks only to the courage and humanity of the Dutch family who also lived there. Dorrit described to me the terrifying day of the 'round ups', when a lorry stopped in the street outside and they listened to the sound of German boots running up the concrete steps next to the apartment. Shots could be heard in the distance. They were that close. By a miracle, the Germans did not enter No. 14. Maybe they had got their quota - who knows ? The family knew that one word of suspicion or betrayal from the Dutch would have meant exposure - and death. She also described the unforgettable day of liberation ; she and her sister ran to the town centre and shouted at the first Jeep they saw. 'Do you speak English ?' shouted the driver ( she even remembers his name - Charlie Martin from Toronto ). 'Yes of course !' 'Where do the Germans keep their liquor ?' But he swept the two young girls up into the Jeep and drove them back to No. 14, leaving them with a huge pile of provisions and candy - and a lifelong memory. Dorrit came back last weekend to meet 14 friends and family from all over Europe - including the daughter of the Dutch family without whom she would not have survived. Now a little, rather frail elderly lady, in the 1940s she was a small, pretty girl in her teens. If she'd been found - she'd have been taken away and put to death. It really does make you think.