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Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Family

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The reminiscences of Miep Gies, the woman who hid the Frank family in Amsterdam during the Second World War, presents a vivid story of life under Nazi occupation.
Paperback, 252 pages
Published April 15th 1988 by Touchstone Books (first published January 1st 1987)
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If a person has heard Miep Gies speak, this book is extactly like her speech. She may have a co-author, but her voice comes though loud and clear.

Like the documentry about Anne Frank, this book does much in dispelling some of the myths that surrond the Frank family and thier assoicates. In many ways, Otto and Anne Frank still dominant the book. In part, this is because Gies had a closer relationship to Mr. Frank, and in part because of the popularity of Anne Frank's diary. Gies, however, brings
Aug 31, 2009 Randy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“I am not a hero. I stand at the end of the long, long line of good Dutch people who did what I did or more—much more—during those dark and terrible times years ago, but always like yesterday in the hearts of those of us who bear witness. Never a day goes by that I do not think of what happened then.

More than twenty thousand Dutch people helped to hide Jews and others in need of hiding during those years. I willingly did what I could to help. My husband did as well. It was not enough.” (from th
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Wow! This story will teach you everything you need to know about true friendship, loyalty, and fortitude. It's better than any novel of World War II.
Dec 26, 2016 Negin rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book by Miep Gies. It was Miep and her husband who helped to hide the Frank family during WWII, and who provided food and comfort to them. It was heartbreaking and powerful. I admire the author and her husband – what brave heroes they were!
Terri Lynn
Jul 02, 2011 Terri Lynn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, history
This is one of those books that both breaks your heart and uplifts you at the same time. Miep Gies does not see herself and her husband as "heroes" but they most certainly are. They are the couple who helped hide Otto Franks' family in Holland during World War 2. His daughter Anne did not survive the Nazi concentration camp but her diary, her thoughts, her words, and her heart will live forever. It was through the actions of Miep Gies who first hid the Franks and then rescued and saved Anne's di ...more
Edwina Hall Callan
Jan 27, 2014 Edwina Hall Callan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookcrossing, 2014
Simply fascinating, as I knew it would be.
Tears in my eyes as I read that Peter van Daan survived "The Auschwitz Death March"
(as did Elie Wiesel who documented that nightmare experience in the book "Night"),
only to die in Mauthausen on the same day that the camp was liberated by the Americans.
Jan 03, 2009 Chimera rated it really liked it
This is a book I discovered as a teenager and which soon became one of my all time favourites. Enthralled like so many others by Anne Frank’s diary, I was even more fascinated by Miep Gies’s account. So when the French television aired a new film version of the Diary a few weeks ago I hurriedly ordered a copy of Anne Frank Remembered on Amazon and dug into it as soon as it arrived.

Unfortunately I was at first disappointed as I found it difficult to get into. Having just finished The Kite Runner,
Dec 14, 2013 Megan rated it it was amazing
I recently reread, "The Diary of Anne Frank" and while it is a very moving and wonderful journal it left me with so many questions about how the hiding place really worked out for so many months. The answer is Miep Gies. Now she was an amazing woman. Vienna born and Dutch by marriage she was a good friend to the Frank family and worked in Otto Frank's pectin store front for many years before they went into hiding. She shopped and came for visits and offered comfort and support to the people in t ...more
Oct 26, 2014 Stephanie rated it really liked it
I read The Diary of a Young Girl as a child and I loved the book and was horrified at the events that occurred ....

I found Anne Frank Remembered to be a haunting book...

I appreciate that it was written by the heroine who sheltered Anne and her family and other people during the war.

This POV provided a window into Anne's personality, as well as specific details that weren't included within Anne's diary...

Additionally, the story provide a view on the war itself on how folks of Holland (in general
David P
Nov 29, 2012 David P rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography, holocaust
In the flurry of anniversaries of World War II one stands out, the 50th anniversary of the passing of Anne Frank, who died of typhus and hunger in Bergen Belsen, around March 1, 1945. The anniversary was marked by a special performance in Washington of "The Diary of Anne Frank", and Miep Gies came to attend, a stocky gray-haired Dutch lady of 86. Miep Gies was the one who helped sustain the Franks in their hiding place, and who later, after the Germans found out about the "Secret Annex" and rai ...more
Sep 17, 2013 Scott rated it it was amazing
Absolutely riveting autobiographical account of Miep Gies, the woman who (along with her husband, Jann) kept Anne Frank and her family in her attic during WWII in Amsterdam. From start to finish, this is very absorbing.

You'll also learn about Gies' life before the Franks came to her. This really helps to establish the setting of the story we're all familiar with in the attic. It's a great and moving narrative on its own, yet it also works to bring greater richness and atmosphere to Anne's diary.
Amanda Yeargin
I decided to read Anne Frank as an independent reading book. This book is basically about a girl named Anne and she has to go into hiding with her family. She is struggling to survive. Soo if you want to find out more you should read this book. She has an external conflict with the Nazi's because she is hiding from them and is sort of fighting against them because by them hiding they aren't succeeding in catching all the people.
I have an text-to-self connection. I had a relative that probably
Aug 16, 2012 Monica rated it it was amazing
Audiobook. Enjoyed this very much. Excellent narrator. Anne Frank's familiar story told from the rescuer's viewpoint. I found most interesting the lives of the Dutch during the Nazi occupation, as I already knew the story of the Franks. This didn't add much to that knowledge, other than Meip's impressions of the family. She's mortified, for example, that the dentist is depicted in the play and movies as a difficult character. She insists he wasn't anything like those characterizations. She defen ...more
Aug 18, 2013 Correen rated it it was amazing

The story as told by Miep Gies adds context and understanding to The Diary Anne Frank. I found it very satisfying to hear of Miep's fondness for Anne and her entire family including the fact that Otto Frank came to live with Miep and her husband after the was. As I read the diary years ago, I wondered what was happening among their friends as they helped and felt deep concern for the eight persons in the attic. Miep tells not only that but also the experience she and her husband in the undergrou
I read The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank some time ago, and purchased this one last year. I am so glad I have finally read it…it gives the other perspective completely on this heart-breaking story.

From the World Socialist Web Site on her death at age 101 – 15.2.1909 – 10.1.2010

“Meip Gies was born February 15, 1909, as Hermine Santrouschitz in Vienna. Her impoverished parents were barely able to feed their daughter due to the economic conditions, an
Alejandra Martinez
Jun 02, 2016 Alejandra Martinez rated it it was amazing
I recommend book would be recommended to people who like sad endings and history. This book is very tragic i love how it is so sad and touching. This story is about a girl country went through war and the bad guys executed her kind because of there region and beliefs. Her family with a few other people she didn't know lived in a big basement of this nice men that head them from the police and people from army. They always brought them food and water. Anne Frank was very different from her sister ...more
Feb 29, 2012 Nicola rated it it was amazing
I am not sure if it is merely the content that brought this book up to a 5 - that alone would do it for me - but the reader on my audiobook was phenomenal as well. Her voice, and the words drew me back many years to a horrible time. I recalled reading Anne Frank:The Diary of a Young Girl many times as I grew up. It was amazing to hear what happened on the other side of the bookcase. Every time Miep went up to visit her friends I recalled entering that space myself and climbing those steep stairs ...more
Kelsey Hanson
This book tells the story of the incredibly courageous and kind-hearted Miep Gies, one of the people responsible for hiding Anne Frank and her family and the woman who saved Anne's precious diary. I am not a cryer. I've been able to make it through many different holocaust novels dry-eyed but this story was so heartfelt that the sheer emotion of it had me wiping my eyes and trying to pull myself together (On a related note, listening to the audiobook at work is a REALLY bad idea). Miep and her f ...more
Mar 07, 2010 MissDziura rated it really liked it
I listened to a Playaway version of Miep Gies' book Anne Frank Remembered. It was a powerful memoir of Miep's life before, during and after her association with the Frank family. Students generally hear the name Miep Gies if they study Anne Frank but it is usually just a mention of her name. The chapter's of this book are written in such a way that a class can read a chapter here and there to get a slice of the life Miep lived. This was the first book I have listened to using a Playawy and I was ...more
Jun 21, 2012 Paul rated it it was amazing
This book meant a lot to me on many levels. It expanded the original Anne Frank diary story by explaining how the family came to Amsterdam, why they went into hiding, how they were helped and what those helpers faced on the outside. It also gave an amazing account of what the Dutch people experienced before, during and after the NAZI occupation. The personal story of Miep Gies was also incredible. I never knew she came from Austria as a little girl and that her native language was German ... how ...more
May 05, 2014 Lorna rated it it was amazing
This book had me in floods of tears. Miep's modesty is really touching. At one point I asked myself if I had been in Miep's situation would I have done the same without hesitation as she did? I just don't know but I sincerely hope so.
On the other side of the coin I am actually Jewish, so in reality it would have been the other way around, and I would have been hoping and praying for my own Miep Gies.
The most touching memorial to Anne Frank I've read as yet, and a most extraordinary account of a
Kim Miller-Davis
Feb 02, 2016 Kim Miller-Davis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
When I was young, I read Anne Frank's diary over and over so I can't believe I just now found this book and read it. It completes so much of Anne's story, parts that I honestly didn't even realize I was missing. Written by Miep Gies, the woman who helped the family hide and who found & protected Anne's writings until after the war, this memoir of Nazi-occupied Holland is riveting. Gies' narrative voice is compelling; and although the story is heartbreaking--like the world's most famous diary ...more
Ever since I was a little girl, I've had a fascination with European history. In particular, the first and second world wars interested me to no end. When I was nine years old, I was first introduced to the Holocaust in my fourth grade class. Every week, we were required to read a story out of an anthology and would study that story. These were sometimes short stories, sometimes excerpts from novels, and sometimes a retelling of historical events (I could recall that earlier that year we read ab ...more
Jan 23, 2010 Gerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
I have to put my hand up and admit that I have never read anything about Anne Frank before. This was a positive and personal choice. My mother was born of Jewish parents and converted to Christianity at a time my grandfather felt it worthy of the comment that it would not save her from the Nazis. Because of this I have always been afraid to pursue the subject but fully aware of the horrors to which the Jewish people were subjected. It must also be remembered that of the 11 million slaughtered in ...more
Kathleen Hagen
Anne Frank Remembered, by Miep Gies and Alison Leslie Gold, narrated by Barbara Rosenblatt, produced by Oasis Audio, 2009, downloaded from

This book was originally published 20 years ago. It tells the story from Miep’s point of view. She and her husband kept the Franks alive by providing food and comfort for two years before the family was betrayed by someone and shipped off to concentration camps a bare two months before the allies arrived. This is a story about the resistance movem
Noel Wallace
Jan 30, 2015 Noel Wallace rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book was one of those books that I read in preparation for my upcoming performance of The Diary of Anne Frank. Coming into this book, I expected just to learn more about the Frank family and what they experienced during their time in hiding. Instead, I came away with a whole new perspective on what the war really was for some people.

I'm not going to review this book in the traditional sense because I feel this book is beyond that. Instead, I am just going to tell you what I thought.

Feb 20, 2016 Celine rated it really liked it
"More than twenty thousand Dutch people helped to hide Jews and others in need of hiding during those years. I willingly did what I could to help. My husband did as well. It was not enough.

There is nothing special about me. I have never wanted special attention. I was only willing to do what was asked of me and what seemed necessary at the time. When I was persuaded to tell my story, I had to think of the place that Anne Frank holds in history and what her story has come to mean for the many mil
Todd Myers
Oct 17, 2015 Todd Myers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written, an easy/fast read. Though titled Anne Frank Remembered, it's really the story of Miep Gies, on of the people helped hide the group in the Secret Annex. Being sent to Amsterdam as an undernourished child from Vienna, Miep goes through her early life quickly, in Amsterdam, and how she came to work for Otto Frank, and the events that led up to the group going in to hiding. We see the struggles of someone hiding Jews from the NSB and German Nazis during World War 2 in Amsterdam, findin ...more
A Reader's Heaven
For the millions moved by 'Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl', here is Miep Gies's own astonishing story. For more than two years, Miep and her husband helped hide the Franks from the Nazis. Like thousands of unsung heroes of the Holocaust, they risked their lives every day to bring food, news, and emotional support to its victims.

I read The Diary of a Young Girl many years ago and was touched by the story of this young girl. So, when our 2016 Reading Challenge offered up read a book about w
Aug 13, 2009 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like most young people I read the Diary of Anne Frank when I was in my preteens. I believe I was about 12 years old. I thought the book was somewhat boring, but it was an insightful look into a very real and terrifying moment of history from the perspective of a girl my own age in a similar class setting. The story of Miep Gies provided insight and explanation that one is curious about while reading Anne's story. I was absolutely amazed and astonished at the lengths Miep went to every single day ...more
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Original name - Hermine Santrouschitz;
Dutch citizen of Austrian ancestry

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“During the hiding time I lived for the day that the war would end, when I would be able to go into the hiding place, throw open the doors, and say to my friends, “Now go home!” This was not to be. Perhaps when the time comes for me to join Jan and our friends in the hereafter, I’ll push aside the bookcase, walk behind it, climb the steep wooden stairway, careful not to hit my head on the low ceiling where Peter nailed the old towel to it. Upstairs Jan will be leaning against the edge of the dresser, his long legs stretched out, the cat Mouschi in his arms. All the others will be sitting around the table and will greet me when I enter. And Anne, with her usual curiosity, will get up and rush toward me saying, “Hello, Miep. What is the news?” I doubt I have very long to wait. People ask me what it is like to have outlived almost everyone whose history I have shared. It is a strange feeling. Why me? Why was I spared the concentration camp after being caught helping to hide Jews? This I will never know.” 2 likes
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