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Anne Frank guardian reaches 100
BBC News ^ | 2/15/09

Posted on 02/15/2009 1:22:55 PM PST by Borges

The last surviving member of the group who helped hide the Jewish girl Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis in Amsterdam has turned 100 years old.

Miep Gies was planning a quiet celebration of her birthday with friends and relatives.

She said she was not deserving of the attention, and others had done far more to protect Jews in the Netherlands.

She paid tribute to "unnamed heroes", picking out her husband Jan for his courageous defiance of the Nazis.

"He was a resistance man who said nothing but did a lot. During the war he refused to say anything about his work, only that he might not come back one night. People like him existed in thousands but were never heard," Miep Gies said in an email to the Associated Press this week.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: annefrank; godsgravesglyphs; holocaust

1 posted on 02/15/2009 1:22:55 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

Who was it who ultimately ratted them out to the Nazis?


2 posted on 02/15/2009 1:25:43 PM PST by Lizavetta
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3 posted on 02/15/2009 1:26:48 PM PST by SJackson (a tax cut is non-targeted…no guarantee…they’re free to invest anywhere that they want, J Kerry)
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To: Borges

God bless her.


4 posted on 02/15/2009 1:35:32 PM PST by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012!)
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To: Lizavetta

According to the movie, an employee of the company.

I remember reading that someone was breaking into the office at night and the person heard the Franks upstairs.

In the play one of the people hiding the Franks and Van Damms gets blackmailed by an employee who for one reason or another asks the head of the company for a raise.

I don’t know how historically accurate the play is, but since it’s the only account that really give Anne’s diary life, I suppose it’s the only account we have.

In the play, Anne and Peter kiss as the Nazi car arrives to raid and arrest them. I do not believe Anne’s diary records that, so to be frank (pun not intended) I think it was an employee who was breaking in at night, blackmailing the family hiding the Franks and Van Damms, and so ratted them out when he/she didn’t get the raise they asked for.


5 posted on 02/15/2009 1:39:57 PM PST by Niuhuru (Fine, here's my gun, but let me give you the bullets first. I'll send them to you through the barrel)
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To: Lizavetta

Saw the movie many many years ago, so perhaps my memory is incorrect. Based on what I saw in the movie, a burglar broke into the first floor and heard a sound from the attic while he was robbing the shop below. When he was later picked up by the police — for another crime, I think — he sought leniency by offering info about the attic. How he knew that someone was hiding Jews, I don’t know.


6 posted on 02/15/2009 1:40:27 PM PST by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012!)
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To: Niuhuru

Your explanation makes a lot more sense than mine.


7 posted on 02/15/2009 1:41:54 PM PST by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012!)
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To: Borges

My dad was a hero of the civil rights movement, a white bus driver in the south who refused to enforce jim crow and who raised his kids to know that it was a spanking offense to use any derogatory statements about another person.


8 posted on 02/15/2009 1:41:59 PM PST by Mercat (There will be a day)
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To: Lizavetta

There have been a few suspects but nobody’s made a sure decision yet.


9 posted on 02/15/2009 1:48:39 PM PST by chargers fan (Bring on Next Year!)
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To: Lizavetta; SJackson; chargers fan
Who was it who ultimately ratted [the Franks] out?

The answer is revealed - to a high degree of probability - in a book entitled "The Hidden Life of Otto Frank" by Carol Ann Lee (Dutch, I believe, married to an American?). The paperback of this book was published in the US by Perennial, an imprint of Harper Collins, copyright 2002, 2003.

It turns out to have been, not surprisingly, a young Dutch Nazi Party member at the time, who was able to avoid prosecution by Dutch authorities for 50 years until his death in the 1990s.

10 posted on 02/15/2009 2:31:53 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: Mercat
My dad was a hero of the civil rights movement, a white bus driver in the south who refused to enforce jim crow and who raised his kids to know that it was a spanking offense to use any derogatory statements about another person.

That took a lot of courage. Back then, the Klan was an active terrorist organization and not just some senile old men who liked to wear dunce's caps and burn crosses.

11 posted on 02/15/2009 2:44:46 PM PST by Wilhelm Tell (True or False? This is not a tag line.)
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Ping!!!

It’s quite amazing that G-d has rewarded this courageous woman with such a long life. And she must be in fairly good mental condition, considering that she is apparently capable of sending emails.


12 posted on 02/15/2009 2:57:35 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: Borges

How current is that Picture?


13 posted on 02/15/2009 3:15:06 PM PST by snowtigger (It ain't what you shoot, it's what you hit...)
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To: Borges
GOD Bless you Miep Gies!

Happy Birthday to you!

14 posted on 02/15/2009 4:23:52 PM PST by jaz.357 (Ars longa, Vita brevis)
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To: snowtigger

My guess is that it’s fairly current.


15 posted on 02/15/2009 4:25:37 PM PST by Borges
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To: Wilhelm Tell

Yes, I guess I should have mentioned that this was in the 40s. Then in the late 50s he was the manager of the Houston Bus Terminal and he locked up the “colored” waiting room and told the Post House that if they didn’t serve blacks he would lock their doors too. So he integrated the largest public facility in Houston prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Act.


16 posted on 02/15/2009 4:37:36 PM PST by Mercat (There will be a day)
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To: justiceseeker93

Thanks justiceseeker93!

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19 posted on 02/15/2009 8:57:28 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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20 posted on 02/16/2009 6:10:42 AM PST by SJackson (a tax cut is non-targeted…no guarantee…they’re free to invest anywhere that they want, J Kerry)
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To: justiceseeker93

Miep Gies will receive her reward in Heaven. Bless her!

There is another lady who will be highly rewarded

There recently was the death of a 98-year-old lady named Irena Sendler. During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist.

She had an ulterior motive... She KNEW what the Nazi’s plans were for the Jews, (being German).

Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of her tool box she carried, and she also carried in the back of her truck a Burlap sack, (for larger kids).

She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto.
The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog, and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.

During her time and course of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants. She was caught, and the Nazi’s broke both her legs and arms and beat her severely.

Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back yard.

After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived it, and reunited the family. Most, of course, had been gassed.

Those kids she helped were placed into foster family homes or adopted.

Last year Irena was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize....

She LOST!

Al Gore won for doing a slide show on Global Warming.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/war/sendler.asp


21 posted on 02/16/2009 12:20:35 PM PST by potlatch
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To: potlatch
Yes, we have discussed Irena Sendler here on FR. I recall she was honored by Israel's Holocaust Memorial Museum - while still living - for her courageous activities in saving Jewish lives in Nazi-occupied Poland.

As far as the Nobel Peace Prize is concerned, it is tarnished forever by the fact that it was once given to the great "peacemaker" Yasser Arafat. So who can be surprised that the lefties who determine the winner chose a BS artist like Al Gore several years later?

22 posted on 02/16/2009 3:10:19 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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