|Author:||Gold, Alison Leslie|
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
|Publish Date:||Feb 2009|
|Number of Pages:||264|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.0|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.1 x 0.8 x 9.1|
Miep Gies was born Hermine Santrouschitz in Vienna. Austria on February 15, 1909. After World War I, Austrians were suffering from a food shortage and she was sent to Leiden, the Netherlands, as part of a relief program to help malnourished children. In 1933, she heard about an opening as an office assistant for Otto Frank. She took the job and became good friends with Otto Frank and his family.
The German occupation of the Netherlands began in May 1940. Having lived in Germany, Otto Frank knew the situation would only get worse and in the spring of 1942, he called Gies into his office and told her of his plan to hide his family and four other Jews in a secret annex. From July 6, 1942, until August 4, 1944, she and others brought them food, supplies, and news of the outside world.
After the Gestapo raided the annex and sent the people in hiding to concentration camps, she found Anne Frank's diary in the debris and hid it in a desk drawer until after the war, hoping to return it to its young author. Upon learning that Anne Frank died at Bergen-Belsen, she gave the diary to Otto Frank and he published it in 1947. After the book was published, she devoted the rest of her life to keeping the memory of Anne Frank alive by travelling to dozens of countries, giving speeches at schools and always responding personally to letters from children.
She received the Raoul Wallenberg Award for bravery in 1990 and the Order of Merit from Germany in 1994. In Israel, the Yad Vashem memorial pays tribute to her as a member of the Righteous among Nations, a list of non-Jews who helped Jews during the Holocaust. She wrote an autobiography entitled Anne Frank Remembered in 1988. She died after a short illness on January 11, 2010 at the age of 100.
|The Darkest Days|
|Map of the Netherlands|
|Map of Amsterdam|
|Floor Plan of the Annex|
Gies cared for the Frank family and their friends while they hid in the attic, risking her life to bring them food, news, and comfort. Actress/singer Barbara Rosenblat's (see Behind the Mike, LJ 5/1/10) quiet, understated delivery and slight accent are just right to convey Gies's warmth, generosity, and dignity.
Together with Gold, who's written several books about the Holocaust, Gies here tells the heartwarming and tragic story of how she and her husband risked their lives to hide the Frank family and four other Jews from the Nazis. Originally published in 1987, the book is now available for the first time on audio. Barbara Rosenblat (www.barbararosenblat.com) delivers a flawless reading, her rich and slightly accented voice conveying Gies's compassion for humanity, her selfless devotion, and especially her delight in her relationship with Anne. Highly recommended.
- Ilka Gordon, Siegal Coll. of -Judaic Studies Lib., Cleveland
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She found the diary and brought the world a message of love and hope.
It seems as if we are never far from Miep's thoughts.... Yours, Anne
For the millions moved by Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, here at last is Miep's own astonishing story. For more than two years, Miep Gies and her husband helped hide the Franks from the Nazis. Like thousands of unsung heroes of the Holocaust, they risked their lives each day to bring food, news, and emotional support to the victims.
From her own remarkable childhood as a World War I refugee to the moment she places a small, red-orange, checkered diary -- Anne's legacy -- in Otto Frank's hands, Miep Gies remembers her days with simple honesty and shattering clarity. Each page rings with courage and heartbreaking beauty.
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