Miep Gies died Monday. She was the secretary who helped hide and bring food to Anne Frank and those hidden in the small attic space in Amsterdam.
“Every year on the fourth of August, I close the curtains of my home and do not answer the doorbell or the telephone,” she said. “It is the day that my Jewish friends were taken away to the death camps. I have never overcome that shock.”
Her life was forever changed by the people she helped. I guess it could be argued that her life, and those around her, were forever changed by the war that tore up the world during that time.
"Despite everything, I believe people are good at heart," is a quote attributed to Anne Frank. And a perfect testament to those words is Miep Gies.
Let's hope there are more like her in the world.