Woman who saved Anne Frank's diary dead at 100

The Anne Frank Museum said that Gies, the last surviving helper of Anne and those who shared her hiding place in an Amsterdam canalside house, died in the western town of Hoorn on January 11.

It was Gies who guarded Anne's memoirs and presented it to the girl's father, Otto, when he returned from the Auschwitz concentration camp at the end of World War II -- the only one of his family to survive.
In her diary, Anne Frank chronicled the details of her teenage life hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam from 1942 to 1944, when the Nazi secret police discovered her and her family's hiding place.

Anne and her sister later died at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
The diary, first published in 1947, became one of the most renowned accounts of Jews hiding from Nazi persecution and has been translated into 70 languages.
Until she suffered a stroke a decade ago, Gies travelled around the world, giving lectures about the consequences of intolerance and anti-Semitism, according to the Anne Frank museum.

"Anne Frank expressed a great wish to live on after her death. Miep Gies saw it as her duty to help in making this happen," it said in a statement. (

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