A few months ago, I blogged about Miep Gies, the woman who preserved the diary of Anne Frank following the Holocaust. Miep, who claimed not to be a hero had just been honoured by having a planet named after her in October. The original article that I referenced can be read here.
I learned last week that Miep Gies had passed away in her 100th year. She was quoted as saying, “I don’t want to be considered a hero. Imagine young people would grow up with the feeling that you have to be a hero to do your human duty. 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.”
We have lost a true woman of valour.