I teach The Diary of Anne Frank to my eighth graders, and this article caught my eye yesterday. Miep Gies was the last of those who hid the Frank family from the Nazis for two years. I find it very fitting that she outlived most of those who persecuted those she risked her life to save. I especially am humbled by the fact that she never wanted to to called a hero for her actions, because then she thought young people would think that a person had to have special qualities to do something heroic. Few people I can think of can be considered in the same category as her, then, now, or ever.
I read the story of Anne Frank as a 12 year old many many years ago. Since then I have read most everything I can find on her including Mieps book. I have been to the home in Amsterdam and never miss a chance to see exhibits on her life.
The Ashland Shakespeare Festival in Oregon a few years ago did the Play . That year after the season they sold the set furniture. I own the desk from the play that summer .
Thank you Miep for all you did in your life. One special woman.