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Last member of group who protected Anne Frank dies

This is sad news. Miep Gies, the last surviving member of the group who hid Anne Frank and her family has died at the age of 100. The diary of Anne Frank is in my top ten books.

She and other employees of Anne Frank’s father Otto supplied food to the family as they hid in a secret annex above the business premises in Amsterdam.

Anne’s diary of their life in hiding, which ended in betrayal, is one of the most famous records of the Holocaust.

It was rescued by Mrs Gies, who kept it safe until after the war.

Miep Gies died in a nursing home after suffering a fall just before Christmas.

Speaking last year as she celebrated her 100th birthday, Mrs Gies played down her role, saying others had done far more to protect Jews in the Netherlands.

She and her fellow employees kept Anne and the seven others supplied for two years, from 1942 to 1944.

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5 thoughts on “Last member of group who protected Anne Frank dies

  1. Truly sad news, I agree with you that it is in the top ten books, probably of all time. I remember being moved to tears. Hard to imagine living a day like that, to have to go 2 years, and then still be captured. Breaks your heart just to think about it.

  2. I was giving a lecture series on heroic Rescue Projects just before and during WW2 eg Nicholas Winton in Britain and Irena Sendler in Poland. The rescuers didn’t know the Jewish children or adults saved, and largely didn’t meet them until very old age. Selfless, heroic and very brave rescuers.

    Miep Gies was not included because she didn’t run a ongoing rescue project to save hundreds of people and because her efforts were not anonymous – she knew the family very well. But that made her efforts even more heroic because she gravely endangered her own life. Ave’ Miep.

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