Both Anne and Miep came to the Netherlands at a young age. Anne was four at the time and had the German nationality, while Miep had come thirteen years earlier as an eleven-year old from Austria. Both quickly felt at home in the Netherlands, learnt the language, went to school and made friends. They both retained the nationality of their homeland, but both were also eager to obtain the Dutch nationality.
Anne writes that, after the war's end, she is prepared to write the Queen to request the Dutch nationality. Miep actually wrote such a letter in 1939. She always kept a carbon copy of that letter.