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Miep Gies Is Dead

Anne Frank protector who saved diaries after arrest was 100

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Gies in her Amsterdam apartment in 1998.(NYTimes.com)

Miep Gies, who with three others sheltered eight Dutch Jews from the Nazis in a secret annex to Otto Frank’s Amsterdam office during World War II, died Monday night at the age of 100. She was an employee of Frank’s business who helped protect the Frank family; another family, the van Pels; and her dentist, Fritz Pfeffer, after the Germans occupied the Netherlands and started deporting Jews in 1942. When the Gestapo raided the annex on August 4, 1944, arresting the hidden Jews and sending them to concentration camps, Gies avoided arrest and saved the papers of the teenaged Anne. After the war, when only Otto Frank returned from the camps, Gies gave him his daughter’s diary, which was first published in the Netherlands in 1947. Gies, who remained anonymous until an American author identified her and helped her publish an autobiography, Anne Frank Remembered, in 1987, was subsequently honored with West Germany’s highest civilian medal in 1989 and knighted by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in 1996. “I am not a hero,” she wrote in Anne Frank Remembered. “I stand at the end of the long, long line of good Dutch people who did what I did and more—much more—during those dark and terrible times years ago, but always like yesterday in the heart of those of us who bear witness.”

Miep Gies, Protector of Anne Frank, Dies at 100 [NYT]

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Thank you so much, Mr. Oxfeld, for writing about such an important woman. All but my grandparent’s (who were sent to America) were wiped out in the holocaust. My father was a Captain in World War II.

He was at Dachau at the end of the war. The Jews had been freed. I interviewed Dad about it before he died, “The gates were wide open… It was a madhouse. Pitiful stick figures in striped pajamas… milling about, limping and shuffling, unable to grasp that they’d been liberated. All the ex-prisoners were emaciated, unshaven. They smelled of sickness, dirt and decay. But the worst was their eyes—hollow, staring dark circles in their pasty faces.”

Bravo to heros like Miep Gies! — Dorri Olds (DorriOlds.com)

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