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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, 302 pages
Published 2009 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 1987)
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Chris
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
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Randy
Aug 31, 2009 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
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Sarah Marie
Anne Frank Remembered by Miep Gies & Alison Leslie Gold
Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat

5 stars

The story of Anne Frank has been told for many decades and is one that resonates with a lot of young people. Anne’s story of survival in the Annex of her father’s business along with her family, another family, and a doctor is famous for being a story of growth and hope. The world outside of the small prison keeping the Franks safe was horrifying and wrought with murder, starvation, and abuse. Miep Gi

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Negin
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!
Oziel Bispo
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Miep foi uma das pessoas que mais ajudou os moradores do anexo secreto onde Anne Frank ficou escondida. Ela além de trabalhar normalmente no escritório onde ficava o esconderijo, fazia o impossível para conseguir comida e tudo que os moradores escondidos precisavam. Seu esposo também através de um grupo secreto ajudava com cupons de racionamento que eram obtidos no mercado negro e eram trocados por alimentos. Neste livro Miep Gies conta sua história, tudo o que viveu naquela época sombria de gue ...more
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.
Terri Lynn
Jul 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Callan
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, bookcrossing
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.
Doreen Petersen
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwii
What a moving and inspirational book. A definite must read for all.
Neil Coulter
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who has read Anne Frank's diary
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. . . . I willingly did what I could to help. My husband did as well. It was not enough.There is nothing special about me. . . . I was only willing to do what was asked of me and what seemed necessary
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Chimera
Jan 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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Megan
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Scott
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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David P
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jenny
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed getting this backstory on the Frank family and their friends. Haunting read, but anything concerning Anne Frank always is.
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
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Monica
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Correen
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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Maddie
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
Heather
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, nonfiction, wwii
This book was lent to me by a friend after she learned I had just finished reading "The Diary of Anne Frank." It is a hard book to give a rating to and I almost don't want to give it one as a result. Let's face it: the story of Anne Frank is not a happy one, regardless of whose voice tells it. But the book was amazing in its honesty and straightforward presentation of what life was like on the public side of the wall.

Reading Miep Gies account of that horrible time in their lives was like sittin
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Feisty Harriet
I first read "The Diary of Anne Frank" when I was in junior high, and I also was the stage manager for the play depicting the Frank family's life in hiding. I like to think I knew a lot about the Frank's, this perspective from Miep, however, brought them all to life in new and eye-opening ways. More than anything, I couldn't stop thinking about how many people shared Anne's fate that we don't know anything about. Her sister, Margot, for example, also kept a diary but it was never found. Her moth ...more
Kathryn
What an excellent book! Believe it or not, I have never read Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, but I will be now. I listened to this book on audio and at first, I did not like it because of the narrator. She was way too slow, but I played around with different playback speeds and found one that was not too slow, as well as not making the narrator sound like she was one of the Chipmunks. I look forward to determining whether I like this book or Anne Frank's Diary better. I definitely recomme ...more
Manisha
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come.
Anna-Sofie
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read Miep Gies' touching account of war-time in Amsterdam, and her friendship with the Frank Family before, but it is still one of the best stories of this horrid period in history.
Miep is great narrator, and the book is well-structured and simply fascinating from the first to the last page.
Brenda
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
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/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
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Alejandra Martinez
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
Nicola
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
MissDziura
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
Paul
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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.” 3 likes
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