Ball point pen on the morning newsprint
During the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, the young Miep Gies helped to hide eight Jewish people in the offices of Otto Frank, where she worked as a secretary. Upon the discovery and deportation of the hidden, it was Gies who gathered the writings of the youngest, Anne Frank and kept the pages hidden from the Nazis. The teenage Frank died in a concentration camp, but after the war Gies returned the diaries unread to Anne's father.
Miep Gies along with Jan Gies, Johannes Kleiman, Victor Kugler, Bep Voskuijl, and Johan Voskuijl, risked their lives to hide Anne Frank and her family. Of that heroic group, Gies, at 100 years old was the last surviving member. She died yesterday from a neck injury sustained in a fall at her home.