15 February 2009

Blog Your Blessing : Shelter from the Storm

During World War II, Miep Sies, Johannes Kleiman, Victor Kugler, Bep Voskuijl, Jan Gies and Johan Voskuijl hid eight Jewish people from the Germans. The Jewish folk lived in the Secret Annex at Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam until they were betrayed and arrested.

Miep saved Anne Frank's writings, including Anne Frank's Diary, and gave them to Anne's father after the war. Unfortunately, Anne and her sister Margot died in Bergen-Belsen and her mother perished in Auschwitz.

On F
ebruary 15, 2009, Miep Gies will celebrate her 100th birthday. Miep remains deeply involved in keeping alive the memory of Anne Frank. Although her life has been spent spreading the story of Anne Frank, she does not think of herself as a hero.

In the words of Miep Gies:
I stand at the end of the long, long line of good Dutch people who did what I did or more – much more - during those dark and terrible times years ago, but always like yesterday in the hearts of those of us who bear witness. Never a day goes by that I do not think of what happened then.

Happy Birthday, Miep Gies!!

You did not stand by and do nothing as so many did.
You provided Shelter to Anne and her family from the Nazi Storm.

God Bless You and Angels Protect You!

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PERBS said...

Definitely a blessing to all of us in one way or another! Hope she ahs many blessings in return as she has blessed all of us, not jsut the Frank family.

SandyCarlson said...

Thanks for lifting her up. I did not know she is still alive. That's great. A loving heart keeps her going!

Blue Panther said...

When I hear stories about massacres and killings, I can't help but wonder what gets into men to make them do such things.

But hearing about stories like those of Miep Gies, tells me that there is always hope.

Have a good week ahead!

kuanyin333 said...

Wonderful story...didn't even know about this beautiful soul!

I've been slow in responding to comments and blogging in general as I'm going through one of those disenchanted-with-blogging stages.
I appreciate your comments! Happy Belated Valentine's Day!

DoubleDeckerBusGuy said...

Absolutely a blessing to us all... Without that courage and fortitude, the world would not have the lessons it's (hopefully) learned well.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful blessing! And what a milestone to reach! :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for sharing this information and the link with us ... such a blessing ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

CyberCelt said...

@paulie-She is a blessing and a saint as well.

@sandy-she is still beautiful and full of life.

@neo-there have been more holocausts in Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

@kuanyin-we do have lives that sometimes get in the way of blogging. If we do not live, what do we blog about?

@matthew-she was one of many who risked their lives to do, "what anyone would have done" (her words).

@sue-we will live that long, right?

@virginia-the Anne Frank website is a wonderful experience.

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