Jan 11, 2012

Miep Gies and Notebooks that Would Change History

Today is the second anniversary of the death of Miep Gies, one of the group of people who helped hide Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis and others during World War II. Gies was Otto Frank's secretary, and she risked her own safety many times smuggling food and supplies to the family in their secret apartment.

Also remarkable is Gies' role in bringing The Diary of Anne Frank to the world. After the family was discovered, Gies went to the apartment to collect important belongings. She collected Anne's writings and preserved them--without reading them to protect Anne's privacy. Could you imagine if she hadn't made that decision?

Learn more about the lives of Anne Frank and Miep Gies in Anne Frank by Laura Hamilton Waxman
This biography from Lerner Publishing's "History Maker" series tells the famous story of Anne's life from her Dutch childhood through her death in Bergen-Belsen. Color photos and illustrations and an engaging, accessible text make this book a great fit for middle school readers.

ISBN: 978-0-7613-4221-2; Ages 8-12, Grades 3-6; 48 pages, 6 x 8 1/2

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