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Woman who saved Anne Frank’s diary dead at 100

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The woman who saved Anne Frank’s diary from the Nazis, Miep Gies, died after a brief illness, her website announced. She was 100 years old. Gies was the last surviving and best known of the group who helped Frank and her family hide from the Nazis during World War II. She collected and hid the teenager’s diary after the Nazi secret police discovered their hiding place in an Amsterdam office building. Anne Frank died from disease at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, but her father Otto returned from Auschwitz and Gies gave him his daughter’s diary. The teenager’s memoir, first published in 1947, became one of the most renowned accounts of Jews hiding from Nazi persecution and has been translated into 70 languages. Born Hermine (Miep) Santruschitz in Vienna in 1909, she moved to the Netherlands at age 11, according to a biography published on her website: www.miepgies.nl.

via AFP: Woman who saved Anne Frank’s diary dead at 100: website.

siehe auch: Hüterin des Tagebuchs von Anne Frank. Vor gut einem Jahr, anlässlich ihres 100. Geburtstages sagte Miep Gies: ,,Rückblickend kann ich sagen: Glück, das war der rote Faden in meinem Leben.” Es waren die letzten öffentlichen Worte von Miep Gies – und wohl wenigen Menschen ist eine solche Lebensbilanz von der Öffentlichkeit mehr gegönnt worden als jener Frau, die als Helferin von Anne Frank und Retterin von Franks Tagebuch weltberühmt wurde.