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Wikipedia : Miep Gies

Hermine "Miep" Gies (née Santruschitz; 15 February 1909 – 11 January 2010 )[1]

 

was one of the Dutch citizens who hid Anne Frank, her family (Otto Frank, Margot Frank, Edith Frank-Holländer) and four other Jews (Fritz Pfeffer, Hermann van Pels, Auguste van Pels, Peter van Pels) from the Nazis in an annex above Otto Frank's business premises during World War II.

 

She was Austrian by birth, but in 1920, at the age of eleven, she was taken in as a foster child by a Dutch family to whom she became very attached.

 

Although she was initially only to stay for six months, this stay was extended to one year because of frail health, after which Gies chose to remain with them, living the rest of her life in the Netherlands.

 

She died in 2010 at 100 years of age.

 

In 1933, Gies began working for Otto Frank, a Jewish businessman who had moved with his family from Germany to the Netherlands in hopes of sparing his family from Nazi persecution.

 

She became a close, trusted friend of the Frank family and was a great support to them during the two years they spent in hiding.

 

She retrieved Anne Frank's diary after the family was arrested and kept the papers safe until Otto Frank returned from Auschwitz in 1945 and learned of his younger daughter's death.

 

Gies had stored Anne Frank's papers in the hopes of returning them to the girl, but gave them to Otto Frank and helped him compile them into a diary first published in 1947.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

 

In collaboration with Alison Leslie Gold, Gies wrote the book Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Family in 1987.

 

 

Miep Gies
Miep Gies (1987).jpg
Miep Gies (1987)
Born
Hermine Santruschitz

15 February 1909
Died 11 January 2010 (aged 100)
Known for Hiding Jews such as Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis
Spouse(s) Jan Gies (1941–1993; his death)
Children 1
Website http://www.miepgies.com

 

 

 

annefrank.org : The main characters : Miep Gies

 

Miep Gies

  • Born on : 15 February 1909
  • Daughter to karoline Santrouschitz, father unknown. Sister to: unknown
  • Married to: Jan Gies, 16 July 1941
  • Child: Paul Gies (1950)
  • Died: 11 January 2010

 

Miep Gies was one of the helpers of the people hiding in the Secret Annex. After the arrest, she kept Anne's writings in a drawer of her desk. In 2010 she died, one hundred years old. This is her remarkable life story.

 

Miep Gies was born on 15 February 1909 in Vienna (Austria) as Hermine Santrouschitz.

 

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Miep decides to help

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Then one day Otto called Miep in and informed her of the plans to go into hiding.

 

He asked Miep if she would be willing to help him and his family if they had to go into hiding in the Secret Annex.

 

Miep did not hesitate for one second.

 

[...]

 

Miep keeps Anne’s diary notes

But then, on Friday morning 4 August 1944, Dutch police officers, headed by SS-Hauptscharführer Karl Josef Silberbauer, unexpectedly raided Prinsengracht 263.

 

They arrested the eight people in hiding, as well as their helpers Johannes Kleiman and Victor Kugler.

When Miep and Bep later went to the Secret Annex to see if they could save some personal belongings of the people in hiding, they found Anne's notebooks and papers on the floor.

 

Miep and Bep gathered everything up and Miep decided to keep the papers in a desk drawer, hoping one day to be able to return them to Anne.