Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Miep Gies, 1909-2010

"I am not a hero. I stand at the end of the long, long line of good Dutch people who did what I did and more – much more – during those dark and terrible times years ago, but always like yesterday in the heart of those of us who bear witness."
-Miep Gies, who helped to hide the Frank family and saved Anne Frank's diary after they were taken by the Gestapo, died yesterday at the age of 100.


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I offer a New Amsterdammer salute.

brianvan (#149)

Ugh, I just looked that up on Urban Dictionary and it is NOT safe for work.

Baboleen (#1,430)

You've got me thinking. What would I have done? It is easy to say I would have helped. But, today if some family whose presence in my home may cause the death of my family showed up-would I take them in? I know I would for a period, but for how long? This woman was an amazing person…I wonder if she prayed for strength, or if she "just did it." I'll have to read her biography.

Moff (#28)

It is hard for me to treat this death with all due gravity because whenever someone's name is Miep, I immediately think of the Roadrunner and Beaker.

Baboleen (#1,430)

Is it wrong to laugh?

Moff (#28)

I think she would have wanted us to.

It's okay, in the Netherlands the Roadrunner says "Laura" in a plaintive sort of wail.

Rod T (#33)

Summer of Death followed by Winter of Lesser-Wattage Death.

mamacita (#127)

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