Miep Gies dies aged 100

#1
Miep Gies, the last surviving member of the group who helped protect Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis, has died in the Netherlands aged 100.

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.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8453331.stm

I'm glad that she had a long life and was able to tell her story and that of the Franks, the van Pels and Fritz Pfeffer. As the WWII and Holocaust generation die, it's so important that we have the amount of detailed documentation that we do as these stories should never be forgotten.

Rest In Peace.
 
#2
Incredibly brave of her and others to have sheltered Jews during that period, they would have known what the price was if/when found out. Moral courage beyond compare.
 
#4
DozyBint said:
Miep Gies, the last surviving member of the group who helped protect Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis, has died in the Netherlands aged 100.

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.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8453331.stm

I'm glad that she had a long life and was able to tell her story and that of the Franks, the van Pels and Fritz Pfeffer. As the WWII and Holocaust generation die, it's so important that we have the amount of detailed documentation that we do as these stories should never be forgotten.

Rest In Peace.
Can't agree more,although I suspect there are those within the EUSSR who would like to airbrush the Second World War and the atrocities of Stalin out of history.
 
#6
smudge67 said:
Holocaust???? What holocaust???
Aye, aye, aye...denial! :wink:

Just a thought, when people die and you come to clear out their gaffs, there is always a buckshee tub of talcum powder right? So why, if there reallywas a holocaust, don't accounts from that time discuss the enormous talcum powder mountains of 1939-1946?

Hmmm...get me David Irving on the blower. He's in the shower? I'll call back.
 
#7
smudge67 said:
Holocaust???? What holocaust???
How's that Farsi to English translator working for ya?
 
#8
DozyBint said:
Miep Gies, the last surviving member of the group who helped protect Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis, has died in the Netherlands aged 100.

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.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8453331.stm

I'm glad that she had a long life and was able to tell her story and that of the Franks, the van Pels and Fritz Pfeffer. As the WWII and Holocaust generation die, it's so important that we have the amount of detailed documentation that we do as these stories should never be forgotten.

Rest In Peace.
Ditto. I'm glad I saw the news to know this lady's name, the bravery of Miep and Mr. Franks was amazing, if my entire family had been annihilated in this way I don't know if I would be able to read my daughter's diary let alone allow it to be published.
 
#9
I remember watching a documentary a few years back about Anne Frank. Miep Gies told how she hid Annes' diary all through the war years in the hope that Anne would return and claim it.She said she had never read the diary as it was not hers to read.
Her account of Otto Franks return and her handing over the diary was very emotional.
Miep Gies was very modest about her part in protecting everybody who lived in the secret apartment. A very brave lady knowing as she did what would happen if they were caught helping.
 
#12
What truly remarkable lady Miep Gies was ,It so sad she as passed away .
 

the_boy_syrup

LE
Book Reviewer
#13
Bit of a boring read though

 

Andy_S

LE
Book Reviewer
#14
She went on the record stating that she was not a "hero" - she was simply doing her duty as a human being. After all, she said, heroes are rare, and it should not take heroes to do what any normal person should do.

Granted, Gies was a modest woman, but her statement deserves wide dissemination.

BTW, for those with sprogs, the Ann Frank Museum is definitely recommended.
 
#16
Abbey said:
What truly remarkable lady Miep Gies was ,It so sad she as passed away .
Yes I would much rather she lived forever and ruled the world from a throne made of daisys.

Oh and fuck off chubb.
 
R

renamed_user

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#17
I read somewhere her biggest regret was giving in to teenager pester power and getting Anne and her brother that drum kit they always wanted.
 
#20
Yes, last member of European Hide and Seek Championship support Crew dies...1940, 1941, 1942, 1943 and 1944...legend.
 

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