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Anne Frank diary guardian Miep Gies dies aged 100
« on: January 12, 2010, 06:32:42 PM »
Miep Gies, the last surviving member of the group who helped protect Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis, has died in the Netherlands aged 100.

She and other employees of Anne Frank's father Otto supplied food to the family as they hid in a secret annex above the business premises in Amsterdam.

Anne's diary of their life in hiding, which ended in betrayal, is one of the most famous records of the Holocaust.

It was rescued by Mrs Gies, who kept it safe until after the war.

Miep Gies died in a nursing home after suffering a fall just before Christmas.
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She and her fellow employees kept Anne and the seven others supplied for two years, from 1942 to 1944.


 
Anne Frank died of typhus in a Nazi concentration camp in 1945
When the family were found by the authorities, they were deported, and Anne died of typhus in the German concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen.

It was Mrs Gies who collected up Anne's papers and locked them away, hoping that one day she would be able to give them back to the girl.

It went on to sell tens of millions of copies in dozens of languages.

Mrs Gies became a kind of ambassador for the diary, travelling to talk about Anne Frank and her experiences, campaigning against Holocaust denial and refuting allegations that the diary was a forgery.

For her efforts to protect the Franks and to preserve their memory, Mrs Gies won many accolades.

Her role was, she recalls, to fetch vegetables and meat while others supplied bread or books.

Her memory of Anne is of having the feeling she was "speaking to an adult".

"I'd say to myself, 'My goodness, child, so young and talking like that already'," she says in the interview.

She believes that she once came across Anne writing the diary.

"It was a very uncomfortable situation," she says.

"I tried to decide what to do. Should I walk away or go to her? At that moment she glanced at me, with a look that I'll never forget.

"This wasn't the Anne I knew, that friendly, charming child. She looked at me with anger, rage. Then Anne stood up, slammed her diary shut and glared at me with great condescension. 'Yes,' she said, 'I'm writing about you, too.'

Removing the pages, she did not read them immediately, telling herself at the time: "These may belong to a child, but even children have a right to privacy." BBC news






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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2010, 11:48:29 PM »
The little lady lived a hellish  and tormented life anyone who wants to do some interesting reading will sob a bath towel wet!

Many persons who were near to the concentration and death camps in Germany were exposed to thousands of sicknesses and many persons died and were thrown into large death pits and buried all together at once body on body.

I watched this documentary with my father and my eyes could not stop tearing the whole time knowing what I was watching was not a play or a movie it was reality.


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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2010, 06:08:41 PM »
JellyBean, thanks for posting, the dusts from burned bodies was toxic since chemicals were used. These companies are still existing like Bayer, BASF, ICM.

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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2010, 03:02:29 AM »
yeah me too i couldn't help it, i was crying till the end of the story.



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