Miep Gies Remembered

Miep Gies, one of Anne Frank’s protectors, died this week at the age of 100. Miep, along with 3 others, risked death to hide Anne and her family from the Nazis. The Associated Press cites an online interview Miep did in 1997, wherein she stated very strongly that she did not consider herself a hero. “Imagine young people would grow up with the feeling that you have to be a hero to do your human duty. I am afraid nobody would ever help other people, because who is a hero? I was not. I was just an ordinary person.” Unfortunately, in those days, there was nothing ordinary about her. She WAS a hero, in every sense of the word. Rest in peace, Miep.

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