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Jan Gies (1905)

When the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands forced Otto Frank to resign from his own company because he was a Jew, his friend Jan Gies nominally took over. Soon after, the Franks and several friends went into hiding in a secret annex on the company's premises. For the next two years, Jan and his wife, Miep, sustained eight people in hiding, including Otto's daughter Anne, bringing them food and supplies until they were betrayed to the Nazis. How were the Nazis responsible for the Gies' marriage? More...
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Jan Gies (1905)
When the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands forced Otto Frank to resign from his own company because he was a Jew, his friend Jan Gies nominally took over. Soon after, the Franks and several friends went into hiding in a secret annex on the company's premises. For the next two years, Jan and his wife, Miep, sustained eight people in hiding, including Otto's daughter Anne, bringing them food and supplies until they were betrayed to the Nazis.
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Thank you for introducing this good man to me and others who had never heard his name.

Of course, there are no words in English to describe the sheer horror that Herr Hitler unleashed on Europe.


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Here in the United States, all of the 100,000 Japanese in California (both citizens and non-citizens) were ordered to sell their homes and businesses and then to report to train stations to be taken away to "relocation" camps for the duration of World War II.

Some good American people bought their homes and businesses so that they could return them to their Japanese owners after the war.


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Jan and Miep Gies: some rare examples of extremely good and altruistic people.
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Jan Gies
Jan Gies
Jan Gies
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Jan Gies in 1941
Born 18 October 1905
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died 26 January 1993 (aged 87)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch

Jan Gies (Dutch pronunciation: [jɑŋ ɣis]) (18 October 1905 – 26 January 1993) was a member of the Dutch Resistance who, with his wife Miep, helped hide Anne Frank and her family from Nazi persecution during the occupation of the Netherlands.
Life

Jan Augustus Gies (né Henk van Santen) was born and raised in Amsterdam's south side. He met his future wife, Miep Gies, in 1933 when he was a bookkeeper and she an office worker at a local textile company. It was not until after they'd gone their separate ways - Jan into the Dutch Social Services and Miep to Otto Frank's company, Opekta - that they met each other again socially in 1936. They married in Amsterdam on July 16, 1941, when Miep was threatened with deportation back to Vienna after she refused to join a Nazi women's group. Their wedding was attended by Otto and Anne Frank, Hermann van Pels and his wife, and Miep's colleagues Victor Kugler, Bep Voskuijl, and Johannes Kleiman. Later that year, Gies was appointed the nominal director of Otto Frank's company after he was forced to resign from the board under the newly introduced Nazi laws which forbade Jews to hold directorships, and from then on, the company traded under the name Gies & Co.[citation needed]

As the persecution of Amsterdam's Jewish population intensified he dedicated himself to assisting Jews and others escape by obtaining illegal ration cards for food, finding them hiding places, and securing British newspapers free from Nazi propaganda. Gies aided the Frank family's escape to their hiding place at the Gies & Co premises at 263 Prinsengracht. He visited frequently during their two year confinement,[citation needed] and with his wife spent a night in the secret annex to experience the terror there for themselves.[1]

In addition to their concealment of the Frank and van Pels families and of Fritz Pfeffer at the Prinsengracht, Miep and Jan also took in a student, who had refused to sign a Nazi oath.[2] Following the arrest and deportation of the hidden families in August 1944, Miep rescued the diaries and other manuscripts of Anne Frank from the hiding place before it was ransacked by the Dutch secret police. Of the eight people she and Jan had assisted to hide, Otto Frank was the sole survivor. Upon Frank's return to Amsterdam in June 1945 he moved in with them, and stayed with them for seven years before he emigrated to Switzerland to be close to his mother.[citation needed]

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Miep Gies
Activist, Anti-War Activist(1909–2010)

Miep Gies was born Hermine Santruschitz (Santrouschitz in Dutch) on February 15, 1909, in Vienna, Austria, the second daughter of working-class Austrian parents. Because there was little work and food shortages were frequent in the wake of World War I, Hermine was accepted into a Dutch program for malnourished children.

Miep and her boyfriend, Jan Gies, courted for years but couldn't afford to get married. They finally found housing, but shortly afterward, in the spring of 1940, the Nazis invaded the Netherlands and Miep was ordered to return to her native Vienna. Having sensed the threat, Miep had written a letter to Queen Wilhelmina in 1939 in an attempt to attain Dutch nationality. Due to a lucky connection of her uncle's in the Viennese civil service, Miep was able to get her birth certificate in the requisite time. She and Jan Gies married on July 16, 1941, with Otto Frank and his family, including his daughter Anne, in attendance.

Death and Legacy

Miep Gies died on January 11, 2010, in a nursing home after a fall, just a month shy of her 101st birthday.

She published a memoir, Anne Frank Remembered, in 1987, which provides an illuminating bridge to the Secret Annex. As a woman of courage and conviction, she toured and lectured on the lessons of the Holocaust and Anne Frank's legacy, but Miep always insisted she was not a hero; she simply did what many other "good Dutch people" did. Anne Frank said of her, "We are never far from Miep's thoughts." And indeed, Miep and her husband reserved August 4 as a special day of memory.

Miep received many awards late in life, including the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Yad Vashem Medal and the Wallenberg Medal. In accepting the latter honor, she said, "I feel strongly that we should not wait for our political leaders to make this world a better place."

Read more:https://www.biography.com/people/miep-gies-21349765
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