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Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Family Hardcover – May 15, 1987


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (May 15, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671547712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671547714
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Gies, now 78, recalls how during WW II she, her husband and some of her coworkers sheltered her boss Otto Frank, his family and several other Jews in a secret annex of their Amsterdam office building. Unfortunately, California freelance writer Gold's lackluster rendition contrasts sharply with the spirited, penetrating journal kept by Anne Frank, which Gies secreted from the Nazis and which later was published as Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. In Gold's disappointing retelling, Gies proves to be an intensely private person and frugal with words, many of whose observations are hindsights ("I knew that . . . Anne's diary had become her life") or dwell on externals like Anne's blossoming figure. Nevertheless, Gies's sincerity, humility and courage emerge from this simple testimony and will not fail to inspire readers. Photos not seen by PW. Major ad/promo; first serial to Family Circle; Literary Guild main selection; Reader's Digest Condensed Books selection.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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YA This memoir reveals the writer to be a woman of great courage, who determinedly pursued a course of action founded upon deep humanitarian convictions despite great personal danger. Gies was the trusted employee to whom Otto Frank turned when his family was forced into hiding in their attempt to escape deportation and death. Teenagers who have read Anne Frank: the Diary of a Young Girl (Doubleday, 1967) will surely want to read about Gies' adventures in secretly obtaining provisions for eight people for two years. The characterizations of the Frank family, particularly Anne, with whom Gies had a special friendship, are perceptive. Gies describes the day the Franks were captured, following their betrayal by persons still unknown. These vignettes and the description of what was happening in Amsterdam provide insight into how the Nazi occupation affected the lives of innocent people, and into the heroism of a remarkable woman, Miep Gies. Rita G. Keeler, St. John's School, Houston
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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What a great complement it is to Anne Frank's diary.
L. Pedersen
I think many of us would like to think that if a family that we know well is in dire need, we would go to extreme measures to help them in any way we can.
James Hiller
This is a story of courage,sacrifice and hope...the good side of human nature portrayed in an otherwise very evil time.
R. Martin

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By James Hiller VINE VOICE on April 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
I think many of us would like to think that if a family that we know well is in dire need, we would go to extreme measures to help them in any way we can. But if it came down to a life-and-death decision, I wonder how many people would have made the same decision that brave Miep Gies made to help out the Franks. She details this decision, and her years of helping the Franks hide in the little apartment behind her office, in her well-told book "Anne Frank Remembered".
Part memior, part rememberance of Anne herself, this book details the life of Miep, from a little girl born in Vienna, to her migration to Amsterdam. She becomes an office worker in Otto Frank's pectin business, and her history is now set. Soon, due to Hitler's oppresive policies against the Jews, the Franks must go into hiding to survive.
Miep recounts details of her assistance in helping keep the Franks, the Van Daans and Albert Dussel alive. In fact, this book is a brilliant piece of writing to accompany Anne Frank's diary. While Anne details life inside the Annex, we find out from Miep what she was doing outside. Together, they paint a complete picture of the horror and danger of their daily lives. And when Anne's diary stops before that faithful day, Miep's story continues. She bravely tries to bribe the Franks out of captivity to no avail.
Whereas Anne is probably the most "famous" Frank, Miep does talk about her from time to time, knowing that we would want to know her impressions of the little girl. She offers some touching, poignant insights to Anne, making her seem more real, if that's possible. Detailing Anne growing out of her clothes, which Anne domcuments herself in her diary, is a particular moment that shows us Anne having to grow up, imprisioned becuase of her religion and for her safety.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Robbie Lewis on January 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
I was deeply moved and touched by this book. Miep Gies is perhaps the last person alive who knew the Frank family well during that pivotal time when the family were in hiding. As someone who has followed the Anne Frank story all my life it was something special to read this story about someone who could add more pieces to the puzzle of Anne's life.
Miep and her collaborator Alison Leslie Gold have done a wonderful job in bringing to life in clear crisp prose Miep's role in helping the family during that terrible time when barbarity had stood the world on its head. One point of interest is the inconsistency of Miep's report of events, with others, on that awful day of the family's arrest in August 1944. Chapter 15 of Miep's book should be read closely with the very precise account of that day contained in "The Diary of Anne Frank: the Critical Edition."
This is not to imply that Miep was in anyway involved in the betrayal of the family. Clearly, she wasn't. Miep's inconsistences just make her book more realistic, more readable, more earthy. Her book becomes an account not of a hero, a saint or a fighter for a cause. Miep was simply a friend who cared.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sue Marinelli on August 16, 2001
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Miep Gies has done an astounding job and written a really wonderful book. I own this book, originally having bought it when it first came out 14 years ago. I read it then, put it away, and recently got it back out when the Anne Frank miniseries was on t.v. I reread it, and it was just like reading it for the first time! You get to know more about the Frank family and those in hiding with them. You learn more about them on a personal level. Miep also tells us about herself and her background. She really helps us feel what it was like to be a Jew in hiding. And she describes the days before, during and after the war so vividly. It's a great lesson in the circumstances and political atmosphere of how Hitler's Third Reich came to power. Miep says that she is not a hero; that she only did what a lot of people did, but after reading this book I cannot agree with her. What she and her husband did was extremely heroic and the Frank family was truly blessed to have them. She and her book are truly a treasure.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Jongerius on April 26, 2000
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Many people are familiar with the story of Anne Frank and her family during the Holocaust. But in the book Anne Frank Remembered, you get the unique opportunity of hearing the story from the woman who helped to hide the Frank family during this horrible time, Miep Gies. Mr. Frank and his wife and two daughters, Anne and Margot, moved to the Netherlands to escape the Nazis. Miep was an employ of Mr. Frank in the Netherlands. When the Nazis entered the Netherlands, they began to get worried. So Miep and her husband agreed to hide the family in the attic of Mr. Franks office building. They had to be very secretive about all of this. All of the trash that the Frank family accumulated had to be burned, and they couldn't walk at all during the day in case someone heard their footsteps. There was also a small window in the attic that they couldn't go near in case someone saw them. Even with all the precautions, they were still eventually caught, but never forgotten by Miep. I thought that this was an outstanding book. It tells a familiar story in a way that it has never been told before. Hearing it from the woman who helped hide the Franks was amazing. It is by far one of the best books I have ever read.
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