Miep Gies Imagine risking your life for two years (twenty five months to be exact) to save a family then just to have them be taken away from you. Worrying if they will live or die. Could you imagine that? I bet you couldn’t and neither could Hermine Santrouschitz also known as Miep Gies until it happened to her. Hermine was helpful to the Frank family before and after the war.
Miep Gies was born on February 15, 1909. She was born as Hermine Santrouschitz in Vienna. Miep was eleven years old when she was sent to Amsterdam to live with her foster family. She was sent over there because she had just recovered from tuberculosis and her parents wanted her to have the best care. Once Miep arrived in Amsterdam her foster parents thought Hermine was too…show more content… That is when Miep became Miep. 5 years later Miep started working for Otto Frank. That is how Miep met the Frank family.
In July of 1942 a message came for Margot Frank to go to a concentration camp. Exactly two years and one month after the Germans invaded. Without any hesitation Miep decided to help the family go into hiding. Miep had the family hide in a room in the back of the office building. The room was located at 263 Prinsengracht. This room is referred to as “The Secret Annex” Miep stayed with the Frank family for one. Miep said it was the longest night of her life. Miep had risked her life for two years. She brought the family food, water, etc. Miep was the only connection to the outside world for the Franks. Viktor Kugler, Johannes Kleimann and Bep Voskuijl agreed to help Miep with this difficult task. On August 4, 1944 the Franks were taken from the Annex. Miep Gies bribed the officer to let the family go, she tried and tried but it didn’t work. Shortly after the Frank family was taken from the Annex Miep went back. She said it was ransacked and Anne’s Diary was all over the floor. If it wasn’t for Miep we wouldn’t know “The Diary of Anne Frank” Miep kept the diary in hope of Anne’s return.