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Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Family Paperback – 1 May 1988

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; ? First Paperback Edition edition (1 May 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671662341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671662349
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,864,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rabbi Harold S. KushnerA moving tribute to the extraordinary courage of which ordinary people are capable.

About the Author

Miep Gies was born in Vienna, Austria, on 15th February 1909. When she was ten years old she arrived in Holland as a WWI refugee, and it was there that she later met Otto Frank and became employed as a secretary at his spice company, Opekta. She and her husband Jan helped to hide the Franks in the sealed-off backrooms of the company offices from July 1942 until August 1944, when they were betrayed by an anonymous informant. Miep found Anne's discarded diary and saved it for her return, but after Anne died at Bergen-Belsen, she gave the diary to Otto Frank, who was the sole survivor from the Secret Annex. In the decades after Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was published, Miep and Jan Gies chose to remain out of the spotlight until the publication of Anne Frank Remembered, when they became celebrities in the Netherlands and around the world. Miep's courage has been recognised with awards and medals from countries and international organisations. She still does not consider herself a hero.

Co-writer - Anne Frank Remembered --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Recently I visited, for the first time, the annex where the Franks' and their fellow friends in hiding spent around two years avoiding the persecution of the Nazis. I then read the remarkable diary of Anne Frank, who writes with such skill and vitality for someone so young. I then got hold of Miep Gies' book - she being the one who looked after all eight occupants in the annex during those years. I thought it would be a minor follow-up on Anne Franks diary, but it is a remarkable story, told with no sentiment or hint of personal bravery, about what it was like to be helping Jews in hiding while the Nazis were trying to completely wipe them out. This is a stunning book and a great reminder of quiet calm, humanity and how good life can be when it is free from racism and hate. Her quiet confidence in recognizing that evil can never survive, for it is self-destructive, made her certain that the allies would win the war and the Nazis would be no more. It was all a case of time, and her disappointment is enormous when she discovers that the discovery of the secret annex came too soon - just two months later and it is likely all would have survived. A remarkable book. A remarkable human being. Even in her failing to rescue her friends (as she puts it), she was still able to rescue the diary and bring it, with Otto Frank, to the attention of the world.
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I bought the book for my son, who wanted to read it, but I started to read it myself and couldn't put it down! I had read Ann's diary, and this book is just the perfect counterpart. Not only did I learn about Miep and her brave co-workers, but I learned even more about Ann, her family, and those who hid with the Franks in the attic. It is sad, beautiful and triumphant all at the same time.
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I have read and re-read this book many times over the years.Miep Gies has had a fascinating life. This is an inspiring and engrossing story which gives another perspective to the diary of Anne Frank, and also the day to day life of someone responsible for hidden Jews during the war. How they risked their lives, how they found enough food for everyone, how they coped when the hiding place was discovered and the arrested people did not all return from the camps. I would recommend this book to anyone, you will not be ablle to put it down
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Millions of people around the world have been inspired and touched by the story of Anne Frank, the young Jewish girl, who spent two long years in hiding, with family and a few friends, in Amsterdam, from their Nazi persecutors, during the second World War, before they were discovered and shipped off tho their deaths in Auschwitz.

Twenty years ago Miep Gies (98 years old at the time of writing of this review) revealed her own courageous and generous role in hiding the Frank family and others, and providing them with food, companionship, and most of all hope.

She gives revealing insight into Anne's life and of her own.

Miep had been a hungry child refugee from Austria, just after the First World War, and passed her own experiences of generosity and compassion on.

We read of the Nazi ocupation of the Netherlands, the decrees and attacks against the Jews, and of the deportations and hidings.

Ultimately every man and women must ask what they would do, when a world goes mad.
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This is one of the most poignant, absorbing and thought- provoking books I've read. Miep Gies was a woman of extraordinary courage, fortitude, tenacity and intelligence. Her story focuses on Anne Frank's plight, that of her immediate family and of the other three persecuted Jews who hid for over two years in the secret annexe in Prinsengracht, Amsterdam. Without the continuous help of Miep, and other brave sympathisers including her husband, Anne would never have remained at liberty for so long. Miep enjoyed a very special relationship with Anne and she reveals fascinating insights into her character, her attitudes, her philosophies, her dreams and her fears. Miep sets her account within the wider context of both her own, often very challenging and vulnerable life, and the daily hardships, indignities, dangers and struggle for survival of the people of Amsterdam and its Jewish community. Her descriptions of elderly Jews, too old to be helped to hide or escape, stoically awaiting a cruel, merciless fate are arresting and upsetting. Miep rejects all suggestions that she was a hero. When you've read her book, you'll realise that this unassuming, principled, wise and humane woman was precisely that - a real hero.
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A poignant, informative and detailed account of how Miep Gies helped Anne Frank and her family when they were in hiding in Holland from the Nazis. Books like this help to keep alive the utter horror of the Holocaust. The evil and barbaric extermination of so many Jewish people in World War Two must never, ever be forgotten. Thank you, Amazon, for having this important true story available for us to read and remember.
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You don't have to be interested in the Anne Frank story to fully appreciate this powerful book.It's an incredible story about an incredible woman.Courageous, brave,resourceful,with unlimited determination and much more.And all seemingly without a single thought for her own safety in such harsh times.Truly incredible and admirable.
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