Hermine " Miep " Gies (née Santruschitz; 15 February 1909 – 11 January 2010) (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmip ˈxis]), was one of the Dutch citizens who hid Anne Frank, her family (Otto Frank, Margot Frank, Edith Frank-Holländer) and four other Dutch 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.
Hermine Santruschitz Gies, better known as Miep Gies, helped hide Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis, and saved her diaries. Who Was Miep Gies? Miep Gies was born in Vienna to Austrian...
- February 15, 1909
- January 11, 2010
On Monday evening, January 11, Miep Gies deceased after a short illness. She has become 100 years. I am not a hero 'I stand at the end of the long, long line of good Dutch people who did what I did or more – much more - during those dark and terrible times years ago, but always like yesterday in the hearts of those of us who bear witness.
Miep Gies, (Hermine Santrouschitz; Hermine Santruschitz), Austrian-born heroine (born Feb. 15, 1909, Vienna, Austria-Hungary—died Jan. 11, 2010, Hoorn, Neth.), was the last surviving member of the group of five non-Jewish people who concealed eight Jews, including Anne Frank and her family, from the Nazis in the secret annex above their Amsterdam office for more than two years (July 9, 1942–Aug. 4, 1944).
Jan 08, 2020 · Miep Gies, who hid Anne Frank, dies at 100 On January 11, 2010, Miep Gies, the last survivor of a small group of people who helped hide a Jewish girl, Anne Frank, and her family from the Nazis...
Miep Gies Miep Gies was born on 15 February 1909 in Vienna (Austria) as Hermine Santrouschitz. The Santrouschitz family was Catholic and not well-off. Because there was not a lot of food available after the First World War, Miep even became malnourished.
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While millions of people all over the world know about Anne Frank, far fewer are aware of Miep Gies, the woman who sustained Frank and her family in hiding during World War II. The humanitarian actions of Gies more than fifty years ago in Nazi-occupied Leiden have had a special and enduring impact. Were it not for Miep Gies, the world would never have met Anne Frank.
Gies was born in 1909 in Vienna. At the age of eleven, recovering from tuberculosis and suffering from poor nutrition, she was sent to live with a family in Amsterdam. Her Dutch foster parents already had five children. Despite their modest income they welcomed her into their family, sharing with her everything they had. The love and compassion she received from her new family impressed Miep profoundly and she decided to make Holland her permanent home. Miep was influenced by the values of her foster family. Later, when her employer, Otto Frank, asked her if she was prepared to take responsibility for his family in hiding, she answered yes without hesitation. It is our human duty to help those who are in trouble, Miep said in Ann Arbor. I could foresee many, many sleepless nights and a miserable life if I had refused to help the Franks. Yes, I have wept countless times when I thought of my dear friends. But still, I am happy that these are not tears of remorse for refusing to assist those in trouble.
Miep provided the Franks with food, clothing, and books during their years in hiding to the best of her ability she addressed all of their daily material needs. She was also one of the few links with the outside world for the Franks and their friends, and she was their main source of hope and cheer. She knowingly faced great personal risk, acting out of integrity and in consonance with her own internal values. Miep tried to rescue the Frank family after they were taken from the attic, attempting to bribe the Austrian SS officer who had arrested them. Miep even went to Nazi headquarters to negotiate a deal, fully aware that this bold move could cost her life.
After the Franks were betrayed and arrested, Mieps task continued. She climbed the attic stairs one more time to retrieve Annes writings, finding them scattered on the floor. Miep quickly gathered up the notebooks and kept them for Annes expected return after the war. When she learned of Annes death in Bergen-Belsen, Miep gave Otto Frank his daughters notebooks. Ever since, Miep has mourned the cruel fate of her friends in the attic. Every year on the fourth of August, I close the curtains of my home and do not answer the doorbell or the telephone, she said. It is the day that my Jewish friends were taken away to the death camps. I have never overcome that shock.
Mieps message in her Wallenberg Lecture was one of hope: I feel strongly that we should not wait for our political leaders to make this world a better place. Miep Gies has been honored around the world for her moral courage. In Israel the Yad Vashem Memorial pays tribute to her as a Righteous Gentile.
Miep Gies, Hero of the Holocaust By Linnea Crowther February 26, 2015 For decades, schoolchildren the world over have learned about Anne Frank. The teenager who hid with her family from the Nazis,...
Jan 22, 2018 · Meet Miep Gies — The Woman Who Hid Anne Frank And Gave Her Diary To The World Miep Gies hid the Frank family for years, helped them survive, and even saved Anne Frank's diary from falling into Nazi hands. Wikimedia Commons Miep Gies and her husband, Jan.
Miep Gies, my story 'I was born in Vienna as Hermine Santruschitz (spelt later in the Netherlands as Santrouschitz), on February 15, 1909. My parents did not have the means to take proper care of me, so that was an unfortunate start. The lack of food as a result of the First World War meant that I became undernourished and was often ill.