Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Miep Gies, 1909-2010. R.I.P.

Miep Gies has died. She would have been 101 next month.

If the name isn't familiar it should be. She was one of the people who hid the family of Anne Frank, the van Pels as well as Fritz Pfeffer for over two years in an upstairs room on the premises of a company run by her husband Jan which had once been run by Anne's father, Otto Frank.

After they were seized by the Nazis in 1944, Gies found Anne Frank's diaries and turned them over to Otto who would eventually release them to the public in 1947. Originally titled The Diary of a Young Girl it is better known as The Diary of Anne Frank.

The world has Miep Gies to thank for finding Anne Frank's words.

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