The Final Anne Frank Helper Dies at 100

Miep Gies was one of only a few non-jews who took care of and brought supplies to Anne Frank’s family as they hid from the Nazis in Amsterdam during World War two. When the family was found by the Nazis in August of 1944, Gies convinced the Austrian SS officer not to take her as well, and was able salvage Anne’s diaries so that her story could live on.

While Anne did not survive the concentration camps, her father, Otto, was able to come out of the war alive and eventually met with Gies and received his daughter’s diaries.

“There is nothing special about me,” Gies wrote in a book first published in 1987. “I have never wanted special attention. I was only willing to do what was asked of me and what seemed necessary at the time.”

After the war was over, Gies gave many speeches opposing Holocaust denial and so that she could keep Anne’s story alive and in the thoughts of many.

It is because of Gies that the diaries lived on and were able to attain their popularity. Anne’s story is now published in 70 languages and is one of the best-selling books in the world because of its vivid, firsthand description of a life lived in fear during the war.

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