Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Another Hero Passes

Miep Gies, the Dutch citizen who helped Anne Frank and her family hide from the Nazis during World War II and discovered the writing that became Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, passed away Monday at age 100.

Gies was the last of the living non-Jews who assisted the Frank family as they hid in a secret annex in Amsterdam for 25 months before the hide-out was raided. During that time, the young Frank, who later perished in a concentration camp, wrote what would become her famous diary, which continues to be a global best-seller.

“People should never think that you have to be a very special person to help those who need you.”


Joy said...

She's an inspiration.

jadedj said...

Now I want to know more. I never really thought about the people who hid the Franks. Were they also arrested? Did they go to the camps as well?

One thing I do know, they had incredible courage to do what they did?

Thanks for calling attention to this wonderful human being, Bob.

SteveA said...

I toured her house in Amsterdam a few years ago and I bought the book there - it was really sad and inspiring to be there - to see where the family hid, and the house itself - really a great sense of history and the greatness of the human struggle!