January 12, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum mourns the passing of Miep Gies who at great risk helped hide Anne Frank and her family during the Holocaust, at a time when very few people protected their Jewish friends and neighbors from persecution and deportation. Miep Gies was one of the rare exceptions, and her courageous actions serve as an inspiration for all of us today and remind us of the need to stand up to hatred and injustice. After the war she devoted herself to preserving the memory of Anne Frank and the Holocaust. She frequently said that she risked her own safety to save the Frank family simply because it was the right thing to do. Her actions serve as an example for all of humanity.