Miep Gies was born in Vienna, Austria, on 15th February 1909. When she was ten years old she arrived in Holland as a WWI refugee, and it was there that she later met Otto Frank and became employed as a secretary at his spice company, Opekta. She and her husband Jan helped to hide the Franks in the sealed-off backrooms of the company offices from July 1942 until August 1944, when they were betrayed by an anonymous informant. Miep found Anne's discarded diary and saved it for her return, but after Anne died at Bergen-Belsen, she gave the diary to Otto Frank, who was the sole survivor from the Secret Annex. In the decades after Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was published, Miep and Jan Gies chose to remain out of the spotlight until the publication of Anne Frank Remembered, when they became celebrities in the Netherlands and around the world. Miep's courage has been recognised with awards and medals from countries and international organisations. She still does not consider herself a hero. Co-writer - Anne Frank Remembered
The 1988 S. & S. paperback by the woman who helped hide the Franks from the Nazis at last comes to audio; Barbara Rosenblat reads. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Gies recalls how, during WW II, she, her husband and some of their coworkers sheltered her boss Otto Frank, his family and several other Jews in a secret annex of their Amsterdam office building. PW found that although Gold's retelling is ``disappointing,'' Gies's ``sincerity, humility and courage emerge . . . and will not fail to inspire.'' Photos. (May)
A poignant account, vibrating with humanity.
A book of immaculate witness.
A valuable document of humanity and remarkable courage.
A moving tribute to the extraordinary courage of which ordinary people are capable.