In 1963, silberbauer, by then an inspector in the vienna police, was exposed as. Dutch and german police raid the secret annex on august 4, 1944, arresting those in hiding. Miep gies, the woman who hid anne frank and gave her diary to. Miep gies was with otto frank when he got the letter telling him that his two daughters were dead. The story of the woman who helped to hide the frank family in 1987. He could often be found in the secret annex and provided books and distribution coupons. Encyclopedia of jewish and israeli history, politics and culture, with biographies, statistics, articles and documents on topics from antisemitism to zionism.
When the nazis show up and take away the people shes been hiding for two years, she found the courage to save the diary written by young anne frank. Miep is questioned by an officer about her involvement. Lost in the back seat, a small, bespectacled, elderly, grey haired lady smiles wistfully. Miep gies wrote her book with great compassion for the family, while at the same time there was the inevitable distance, due to the simple fact that miep was a.
Originally published in the britannica book of the year. In addition, miep brought the people in hiding library books. Miep gies was a wonderfully passionate woman, someone we can only hope to have on our side when sides needs to be chosen. Miep gies born as hermine santrouschitz was born on february 15, 1909 which would have made her 24 years of.
The book is still published in large numbers, it has been made into a theater. Otto frank had been miep gies s employer since 1933, but through the frequent dinners and coffee with cake on saturday afternoons or evenings at the home of otto and edith frank, a deep friendship grew between the frank family and miep and jan gies. During this project, students had the opportunity to ask miep questions about anne frank, her family, and the other people in hiding. However, her harrowing story is one that may never have been heard if not for hermine santruschitz, who most people know as miep gies. Miep gies was born on 15 february 1909 in vienna austria as hermine santrouschitz. Her book is a primary source or firsthand account of the persecution of jewish people in nazi occupied holland during the second world war. Holocaust rescuers bibliography with information and links to books about miep gies and other. It must of been sad for her son to lose her, but miep almost was 101 when she passed, which is a good long life.
Hermine santruschitz 15 february 1909 11 january 2010, better known as miep gies was one of the dutch citizens who hid anne frank, her family and four other jews from the nazis in an annex above annes fathers business premises during world war ii. Remembered is an autobiography by miep gies, the woman who housed the frank family in secret during the nazi regimes extermination of the jewish people during world war ii. Miep gies was an employee of otto frank and one of the helpers of the people in hiding in the secret annex. She was born on february 15th, 1909 in vienna, austria. Miep gies was an ordinary citizen who took an extraordinary risk to try to save the lives of jews during wwii in amsterdam. Miep gies is a figure in history that should never be forgotten. Anne chose her own diary an autograph book bound with white and. The author, meeg pincus, met miep many years ago, and included powerful quotes from mieps autobiography in the story.
For two years, miep gies supplies those in hiding with part of her food rations, news from the outside, and most importantly, friendship. The warm illustrations provide the perfect feel for the setting of this inspiring story, and the book also includes a few wonderful photos. Anne frank remembered book by miep gies, alison leslie. Jun 12, 2017 anne frank was a teenage jewish girl who kept a diary while her family was in hiding from the nazis during world war ii. It gives the telling of horrific events that took place a more personal view. It is thanks to miep gies that the diary of anne frank exists today as after the frank family was found, gies retrieved the book from the familys shelter above the opekta factory. Check out this biography to know about her birthday, childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about her. Miep gies writes the afterword in this newly reissued edition, as she reaches her 100 th birthday, where she also dispels some of the facts that had misconstrued previously through anne franks diary.
Gies had stored anne franks papers in the hopes of returning them to the girl, but gave them to otto frank, who compiled them into a diary first published in 1947. Born hermine santrouschitz in vienna, austria, in february 1909. The book is still published in large numbers, it has been made into a theater drama and a cinema film, so that millions of people across the world have obtained a vivid picture of the life of a jewish hider during the second world war, seen through the eyes of a. This picture book biography tells the story of miep gies, a close family friend of the franks who helped them hide and was one of their only connections to the outside world. The hiders were taken away and apparently their number was more than expected, as a second car had to be called for, along with two of the four helpers present that day.
Miep gies, who has died aged was the last of the handful of helpers who enabled the franks to hide for nearly two years before their capture. Miep gies was a catholic woman who protected several jews from the nazis. Several plays and movies have been made about it anne was born in the city frankfurt am main in weimar germany. Miep was hired in 1933 to run otto franks complaint department and over time handled an increasing number of tasks within the office. Peter, and fritz pfefferand were aided by several friends, including miep gies, who brought food and other supplies. Like thousands of unsung heroes of the holocaust, they risked their lives each day to bring food, news, and emotional support to the victims. Miep gies displayed a copy of her book anne frank remembered at. The entrance to the annex was later hidden behind a bookcase. Because there was not a lot of food available after the first world war, miep even became malnourished. Her diary is seen as a classic in war literature, and is one of the most widely read books today. With her colleague bep voskuijl, miep gies was able to save the diaries of anne. Miep gies, the woman who hid anne frank and gave her diary. I read the diary of a young girl as a girl and i recently purchased it as id like to reread along with miep gies anne frank remembered.
Miep and her husband also hid a dutch student in their house. For more than two years, she risked her own life daily to illegally protect and care for the franks and four of their friends hiding from the nazis in an attic. Museum closed the anne frank house is closed until 1 june 2020 due to the corona virus. The diary of a young girl, here at last is miep geiss own astonishing story. Photo of miep and henk gies, bep voskuijl, victor kugler taken in the 1970s. The videos below come from youtubes be heard video series, which was launched to help promote the release of the movie freedom writers. The story of the woman who helped to hide the frank family by gies, miep. Anne frank remembered is the autobiography of miep gies, the woman who helped the frank family survive during their two years in hiding. The diary of anne frank character facts and traits. During the time of her birth, she was under the care of her austrian paternal parents. September is our next nonfiction month and im proposing anne frank for our selection.
On miep gies, anne frank, and the fragility of diaries. Miep gies her activity to save jews lives during the holocaust, at yad vashem website. Anne frank remembered the story of miep gies who helped to hide the frank family. Anne frank remembered the story of miep gies who helped to hide the frank family by gold, miep gies with alison leslie and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Click here to see a video excerpt in which miep gies recounts the day of the arrest. Due to her familys financial situation, she moved to holland to live with a foster family as. We remember her remarkable courage and humble modesty today. For two years, she and seven others lived in a secret annex in amsterdam. During her time in bergenbelsen concentration camp, she died. Hermine santruschitz, austrianborn heroine born feb. Anne frank was captured by the nazis on this date in 1944.
After the nazis discovered the franks and the others who were in hiding with them, miep saved annes diary from destruction, hiding it in a drawer in the office downstairs. Although gies did not read the diary as she gave it to otto frank immediately after recovering it from the annexe and. Discover book depositorys huge selection of miep gies books online. The story of the woman who helped to hide the frank family, first published in 1987. Watch several erin gruwell interviews, where she talks about her former students, their diaries, and her first year of teaching. There we gathered together all the loose papers and books belonging to anne. The hero of the secret annex miep gies is a perfect example of your reallife everyday superhero. Gold, alison leslie and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. The evil and barbaric extermination of so many jewish people in world war two must never, ever be forgotten. Frank, anne anne frank at her school desk in the netherlands, 1940. I admire her courage in undertaking this great risk to her own life. Miep gies, miep gies, who helped hide anne frank and her family from the nazis and protected the doomed teenagers diary for hist. Gies, along with her husband, jan, a member of the dutch resistance during world war ii, sheltered anne frank, her family, and three other jews in amsterdam in an attempt to spare them from being sent to concentration camps by the gestapo.
Miep gies interesting facts, biography, family, updates, life, childhood facts, information and more. Her real name was hermine santroudschitz, miep was a nickname given by her new family, miep is a term of affection in dutch. Otto frank then decided to publish her diary to commemorate her. The santrouschitz family was catholic and not welloff. Anne is quite fond of miep and writes about her in her diary. Anyone familiar with anne franks story knows that the eight jews hidden in the annex at prinsengracht 263, amsterdam, were helped by various employees at otto franks firm, among them miep gies. Books like this help to keep alive the utter horror of the holocaust. The diary of anne frank, the first popular book about the holocaust, has been read by. When world war ii ended, miep gies gave otto frank annes diary and a bundle of notes. Facts dutch born in vienna22 at end of play20 at beginning of playengagedmarried to dirk. Jan 11, 2010 miep gies often claimed she was not a hero, but most people challenge her modesty.
Hermine santruschitz is famously known as miep gies. Miep gies miep gies, the woman who risked her life daily to help hide anne frank and her family from the nazis, visited the scholastic web site in may 1997. Miep gies was born hermine santrouschitz on 15 february 1909 in vienna, austria. Anne frank remembered the story of miep gies who helped to hide the frank family by gold, miep gies with alison leslie and a great selection of related books, art. Anne franks diary was rescued by miep gies, her fathers friend and. For more than two years, miep gies and her husband helped hide the franks from the nazis. During the 1948 dutch police investigation into the raid on the secret annex, silberbauers name had been disclosed as silvernagel. Miep gies born as hermine santrouschitz was born on february. A poignant, informative and detailed account of how miep gies helped anne frank and her family when they were in hiding in holland from the nazis.
Now she knew that anne would never return for her diary. October 1945, otto frank seated in the middle with miep gies and johannes. But even an ordinary secretary or a housewife or a teenager can, within their own small ways, turn on a small light in a dark room. The book was first published in 1947two years after annes death in a concentration campand later became a. She denied membership to one of the nazi girls club which was remembered by nazi officials. Karl josef silberbauer 21 june 1911 2 september 1972 was an austrian police officer, ss member and undercover investigator for the west german federal intelligence service. Quick facts name miep gies occupation antiwar activist birth date february 15, 1909 death date january 11, 2010 did you know. Jan 22, 2018 however, her harrowing story is one that may never have been heard if not for hermine santruschitz, who most people know as miep gies.
The dutch police detectives who had assisted with the raid were identified by miep gies, who recalled their commander as having a workingclass vienna accent. Miep gies facts, bio, family, life, info sticky facts. In accepting the latter honor, she said, i feel strongly that we should not wait for our political leaders to make this world a better place. This onepage guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of anne frank remembered by miep gies. Together with alison leslie gold gies authored the book anne frank remembered. Gies was the last survivor among anne franks protectors and the.591 1383 710 426 740 671 423 1571 1533 795 1504 1527 282 651 802 113 211 1592 1342 377 762 900 720 144 119 1384 24 1376 1511 104 1183 818 933 1288 1623 470 700 1237 774 683 932 112 1204 30 1153 326 1421