Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Miep Gies, Who Helped Hide Anne Frank, Dies at 100

If you are ever in Amsterdam the Anne Frank Museum is a must. You can only get a sense of what the Frank family must have gone through and the effort it must have been for people like Miep Gies to sacrifice already limited food and supplies, not to mention the personal danger during the war to protect them by being there.
The Guardian:
The office secretary who defied the Nazi occupiers of the Netherlands to help hide Anne Frank and her family for two years has died, the Anne Frank Museum announced today.

Miep Gies, who was 100, saved the teenager's diary. Her website reported that she died on Monday after a brief illness. Maatje Mostar, an Anne Frank museum spokeswoman, confirmed the report but gave no further details.

Gies was the last survivor of the few non-Jews who supplied food, books and company at the secret annexe, above an Amsterdam canal warehouse, where Anne, her parents, her sister and four other Jews hid for 25 months during the second world war.

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