You would be forgiven if you didn’t recognize the name of 100-year-old dutchwoman Miep Gies, who died yesterday.
But you would undoubtably recognize her courage, for she was responsible for hiding the Frank Family during World War II in an Amsterdam attic and later saved young Anne Frank’s diary as the family was taken away by the Gestapo.
For the rest of her life, Miep Gies devoted herself to sustaining Anne Frank’s legacy, answering letters from all over the world. In 1987 she published a book, Anne Frank Remembered. In it she observed: “I am not a hero. I stand at the end of the long, long line of good Dutch people who did what I did and more – much more – during those dark and terrible times years ago, but always like yesterday in the heart of those of us who bear witness.”
The world lost a good soul yesterday.