Miep Gies

by Samantha from San Diego

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     "It's when you're acting selflessly that you are at your bravest," (Veronica Roth). The meaning of this quote represents that being able to take risks in your life to make a difference in someone else's constitutes a true hero. Miep Gies portrays the heroic qualities and courageous attitude that creates a hero in someone like her who was an everyday woman that was selfless enough to change other lives for the better. She is well-known for her brave decision to hide Anne Frank and her family, and others, in a secret location unseen to the Nazis at the time of World War 2, when Europe was taken over by Nazi Germany. Not only did she provide the several people she hid with necessities like food and news from outside of where they hid; she gave them hope and courage they needed at this point in their lives. Miep Gies, who provided essentials for others including a young girl named Anne Frank and her family during times of a grim situation in the 1940s, inspires many because of her selfless mindset, ability to stand up to injustice, and protective skills for people she felt shouldn't be judged for the wrong reasons but for who they truly are inside.

     Miep Gies had a selfless mindset by risking her own life to protect and save the lives of others. Miep didn't care as much for her own self but to help those who couldn't help themselves: "For two years Miep Gies and her husband, Jan, a municipal employee whom she had married in 1941, risked their lives to smuggle in food and provisions and news from outside,"("Hero helped save Anne Frank's diary"). She was determined to successfully hide them and provide them with everything they needed even under this constant fear of getting caught. Gies gave up her own time for two years finding food for everyone else to make sure they would at least be safe for the short period of time they would be in the annex. Even when asked if she was a hero, Gies always denied it because she believed  it was just something any kind human would do in a situation like hers: "...but Miep always insisted she was not a hero; she simply did what many other 'good Dutch people' did," ("Miep Gies"). Miep had a compassionate heart that sacrificed for others who were genuinely kindhearted people that didn't deserve what they were put through. She stood up to the new laws at the time and proved she disagreed with them; she was able to do that just because she knew they were all thoughtful people. Miep had an unselfish attitude which helped her to save other lives by sacrificing her time to do as much as she could for people in need.

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     Miep Gies was able to stand up for injustice and did something to show her beliefs. Gies promptly made a difference in only a couple people lives by making that change herself knowing that they would eventually get out of this situation and lead a normal life: "...she said, 'I feel strongly that we should not wait for our political leaders to make this world a better place,'"("Miep Gies"). Gies influenced people everywhere by displaying that you can make a difference and take it into your hands to fix what is wrong that everyone else is blind from. She took that tiny chance to keep others from inevitable death or life-altering situations using determination to change other lives. Miep Gies was in significant personal risk by choosing to help the Franks but did not mind doing it if it meant she would be helping stand up to the wrong actions of a powerful people: "'Are you willing to take on the responsibility of taking care of us when we are in hiding?' Her response: 'Of course,'" (The Economist, "Miep Gies").It wasn't even a question for Gies to be able to support people she thought were in need of help at the time and didn't think it was fair for them to be going through what they were going through. Miep Gies' dedication for what she believed what was right showed her determination to make a positive difference in the world.

    Miep Gies was truly a heroic woman that used her own beliefs and determination to help others before herself to inspire many others and I. She inspires by showing others to stand up for what you believe is right and do something about what you believe is wrong and should be changed. All her actions of helping others was a result of her selfless way of thinking that made her a brave woman that wouldn't let dangers get in the way because she was dedicated enough to take those risks. Gies herself once said, "... I am afraid nobody would ever help other people, because who is a hero? I was not, I was just an ordinary housewife and secretary," (Miep Gies). Gies puts out the idea that anyone can be a hero, even if you don't know it yet, you can change dark days into brighter days using the most simplest, yet effective ways. Miep Gies just did what any kindhearted person would do. Gies at no point in time let her fears interfere with being able to devote time to protect the life of another. Miep Gies proved that anyone can truly be a deserving hero and stand up for what is right, and made an impression on other lives that will be remembered.


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Miep Gies: her own story - Miep Gies contains more information about her own life story and descriptions.
Biography in Context - Biography in Context gives in depth details about Gies' life before and after the War.
Anne Frank - Anne Frank gives the story behind her time in the Annex as well as Gies who helped to hide her.