Despite her heroics, she did not want to be known as a heroine, and considered herself just one of many, many ordinary people who did their duty in the name of humanity.AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – Miep Gies, the office secretary who defied the Nazi occupiers to hide Anne Frank and her family for two years and saved the teenager's diary not, has died, the Anne Frank Museum said Tuesday. She was 100.
Gies' Web site reported that she died Monday after a brief illness. The report was confirmed by museum spokeswoman Maatje Mostar, but she gave no details. The British Broadcasting Corp. said she died in a nursing home after suffering a fall last month.
Rather than mourn her loss, we should celebrate the wonderful life she led. Everybody dies eventually, but not everybody lives well. Gies lived very, very well, and will be remembered long after her death, not only for hiding Anne Frank, but also for her successful work in debunking the lies of the Holocaust deniers.
Miep Gies will not be missed, because she will always be with us.
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