Miep Gies, helped Anne Frank, dies at 100

NEW YORK (JTA) – Miep Gies, the woman who helped hide Anne Frank and recovered her diary, has died at 100.

Gies, who died Monday in the Netherlands, was the last surviving member of the small group that hid Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis.

After the arrest of the Frank family by the Gestapo in 1944, Gies returned to the attic where they had been hiding and found the diary.

"Miep Gies was a beacon of light during the dark days of the Holocaust," said Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. "Without her, the world would never have known about Anne Frank and hundreds of millions of people would never have been inspired by her story."

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