A true heroine, Miep Gies, last survivor of the small group of Dutch people who protected Anne Frank's family, passed away yesterday. It was Mrs. Gies who gathered up and preserved the scattered pages of Frank's diary. Here's a passage from the article in the Times today:
"Having married a Dutch social worker, Jan Gies, in 1941, Miep Gies joined with him and three other employees of Mr. Frank’s business in sheltering the eight Jews and caring for their daily needs. The protectors risked death if caught by the Nazis.
"Mrs. Gies, while continuing to work for Mr. Frank’s business, which remained open under figurehead Christian management, played a central role in caring for the hidden. She found food for them, brought books and news of the outside world and provided emotional support, bringing Anne her first pair of high-heeled shoes and baking a holiday cake. On one occasion, Miep and Jan Gies (he is referred to in the diary as Henk, one of many pseudonyms Anne used) spent a night in the annex to experience the terror there for themselves."
Raise a glass to Miep Gies next time you have a glass to raise.