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Tuesday, January 12, 2010
The Legacy of Miep Gies and Anne Frank
I read the below from the Expatica and immediately felt the loss of Miep Gies. Don't we all remember the first time we read "The Diary of Anne Frank"? A powerful life-shaping book about the past and a challenge for the future through the story of a teenage girl. We just happened to have been in Amsterdam this past weekend. Where it all took place. Hard to believe it was real.
Miep Gies was born in Vienna in 1909 and came to the Netherlands when she was 11 years old.
In 1933 she started working in Amsterdam as a secretary for Anne's father, Otto Frank, who had brought his family out of Germany when the Nazis took power.
When German troops occupied the Netherlands during World War II, Miep Gies, along with Johannes Kleiman, Victor Kugler, Bep Voskuijl, Jan Gies and Johan Voskuijl helped the Frank family and four other people hiding in a secret annex at 263 Prinsengracht street in Amsterdam.
After 25 months, the Franks were betrayed
For two years, together with the other helpers, Gies supplied the people in hiding with food and other essentials. She and the others put their own lives at risk by helping.
After 25 months, the Franks were betrayed, arrested and sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp where the family got separated.
Anne Frank is believed to have died of typhoid at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945. Her sister and mother also died. Her father Otto survived the Holocaust and returned to Amsterdam after the war.