Anne Frank's helper Miep Gies dies aged 100

By Jessica Elgot, January 12, 2010
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Miep Gies

Miep Gies

Miep Gies, the last survivor of the group which hid Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis, has died aged 100.

Mrs Gies was the first to discover 15-year-old Anne’s diary of her life in hiding for two years in Amsterdam. Anne died of typhus in concentration camp Bergen-Belsen, just two weeks before liberation.

Miep Gies kept the diary safe until after the war, when she returned it to Anne’s father Otto Frank.

She helped Otto publish the diary in 1947. It was eventually published in dozens of languages worldwide and sold, and continues to sell, millions of copies.

Mrs Gies, who delivered food to the family in the “secret annexe”, was honoured by Israel, Holland and Germany, including the highest German honour, the Federal Cross of Merit, First Class. She even had an asteroid named in her honour earlier last year.

Speaking on her 100th birthday last year, Mrs Gies said she had not expected to receive so many accolades. She said: "This is very unfair. So many others have done the same or even far more dangerous work.”

Miep Gies during her last visit to the Anne Frank House

Miep Gies during her last visit to the Anne Frank House

When she accompanied the director of the film, The Diary of Anne Frank, to Hollywood to accept an Oscar, she noted gently that Anne had always wanted to be famous. Instead, she said, she was standing in for her.

Mrs Gies died after a short illness at a nursing home in north Holland.

    Last updated: 10:02am, January 12 2010