At the time of Germany's invasion of Holland, Audrey’s older brother, Alexander, went underground and Ian, age 19, was picked up by the Germans and taken away. For the duration of the war, Ella and Audrey had no idea if he was dead or alive. Ella did her best to keep Audrey's spirits up and enrolled her in ballet lessons at the Arnhem Conservatory. For her part, Audrey participated in “black-out performances” held to benefit the resistance and gave ballet lessons in her grandfather’s house to refugee girls in the area. By the fall of 1944, the import of all food into Holland was halted and the notorious “Hunger Winter” set in. Audrey, too weak to dance, waited out the endless days doing puzzles by lantern light and drawing pictures of happier times.