A true friend to Anne Frank until the end
Published 16/01/2010 | 05:00
Miep Gies, who died on January 11 aged 100, was one of a Dutch couple who hid and sustained the family of Anne Frank for more than two years in an Amsterdam attic; later she helped to save Anne Frank's diary for posterity.
Born Hermine Santrouschitz on February 15, 1909, into a German Roman Catholic family in Vienna, she was sent to the Netherlands when she was 11 to escape the food shortages in Austria. The family with which she lived in Leiden gave her the nickname 'Miep' and later adopted her.
By the outbreak of World War Two, she was working as an assistant to Otto Frank, the owner of a pectin manufacturing company in Amsterdam.