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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.

4 Comments
  1. Pat D
    January 12, 2010 -

    Hi Larry, I learned about how Miep Gies returned Anne's diaries to her father just recently after reading about it as part of a lesson at school. I hadn't realized she was still alive at the time. Some people are just good. Have a good day, Pat

  2. January 12, 2010 -

    Thanks Pat

  3. January 13, 2010 -

    She was an amazing woman. I always marveled at her courage and strength. How sad. I am on the road and didn't even know she died, so thanks, Larry. What an admirable human being: she was all we should be.

  4. January 13, 2010 -

    You're welcome Sue, I agree.