Archive for December, 2013

Anne Frank Remembered

Millions of people all around the world have read Anne Frank, A Diary of A Young Girl, but few people have heard about the story of the eight Jews who hid from the Nazis for almost three years from the perspective of the one who risked her life to keep them safe. Anne Frank Remembered by Miep Gies is a wonderful book about a young woman who helped to hide the Frank family and four other Jews in The Netherlands during World War II.

Miep Gies

Miep Gies was an office worker at Opekta, a company that made pectin in Amsterdam. She hid Anne Frank and her family, and will be remembered for her bravery and kindness for years to come. Miep wrote a biography later in her life, about hiding the Franks, from her point of view. She relates to anyone who reads Anne Frank Remembered the personalities of some of the people she hid, and the anxiety and danger of trying to hide, feed and protect these people in peril. Unlike in Anne Frank’s account, Miep uses the real names of the people she was helping. Miep was the first person to revisit the Secret Annex after it was raided by the Nazis. That is when she found Anne’s diary, and decided to keep it until Anne returned home. Unfortunately, she never got the chance to give Anne back her diary.

Miep and Otto

One of the most interesting parts of Anne Frank Remembered is the details of the Gies’s meeting of Otto after the war was over and all of the concentration camps still run by the Nazis were liberated. Miep wrote her story in 1987, and died January 11, 2010. I really admire her for her bravery, and how she was willing to risk her life like she did for a cause that she believed in.

To see a news story about Anne Frank Remembered, including an interview with Miep Gies, click on the link below.

NBC News Story