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Miep Gies And The Diary Of Anne Frank: A Light In The Dark

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"Miep Gies: A Light in the Dark"Imagine a world where you are forced to hide and protect your friends from a plague that has devoured most of Europe already, an army that kills people for no reason but hateful discrimination. Unfortunately, this was a reality for Hermine "Miep" Santrouschitz-Gies. In the play The Diary of Anne Frank and Related Readings, by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich, Miep fulfills what she believes what is her duty; she felt that "permanent remorse about failing to do your human duty...can be worse than losing your life" (Scholastic 1). Anne Frank, along with the rest of her family and four others hid in the Secret Annex from the Nazis, with only Miep and Mr. ...view middle of the document...

Gies had to go to more and more shops to buy food for the Jews as time went on (119); the food and ration books were hard to come by, as they were illegal (14). In addition, she was forced to run the business alone when Kraler fell ill (91). Anne noticed her dedication in taking care of them: "It's a wonder Miep has a life of her own, the way we make her run errands for us" (36). Although none of the hidden Jews survived, with the exception of Otto Frank, Miep preserved an invaluable piece of history - Anne's diary, which held her soul and essence, and now could be shared with the world.Miep was indisputably a hero; she risked her life to save the Franks, Van Daans, and Dussel, but she also endangered herself to save Anne's diary, something she never thought would have impacted the world so strongly. After the Annex members were captured, Gies had sorted through the documents left in the Annex. The Nazi soldiers had ransacked the Annex after the arrests of the inhabitants and ordered Miep not to re-enter the Annex (Bülow 5). However, Miep was determined to retrieve Anne's diary and the extra notebooks she had supplied (5). When she had found the diary, Miep had not realized the importance of the small plaid book. However, she did keep it because she felt that Anne would be coming back, and wanted to return it to her (Scholastic 9). The diary was stowed safely in her desk for a year, and only removed it to give it to Otto Frank when Anne was finally confirmed dead, only saying, "Here is your daughter Anne's legacy to you" (Bülow 5). The diary is the only preserved memory of...

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