I Am Not A Hero

by
Abby Zimet

Miep Gies, front left, and Otto Frank, center, in a 1945 photograph.
With them are those who helped hide the Franks: Johannes Kleiman, back
left, Victor Kugler and Elizabeth Voskuijl. 

Bearing witness over these many years, Miep Gies, the last survivor
among Anne Frank's protectors and the woman who took it upon herself to
preserve
the history of human resilience the diary represents, has died at 100.
She, her husband and three others hid Frank, her family and four other
Dutch Jews for 25 months in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam until they were
betrayed; later, Gies tried to bribe the Gestapo to free the doomed
Jews. Writing a memoir years later, she travelled into her 80s,
speaking against intolerance. "I am not a hero,' she liked to say. No,
just a mensch.

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