Thursday, January 14, 2010

Miep Gies--a Heroic Life

I found meaningful the story on NPR on Tuesday about the death of Miep Gies--one of the people who hid Anne Frank and her family. She found and preserved Anne's diary. In the story she says that she did not want to be thought of as special or heroic, because she wanted others to know that ordinary people can act heroically helping those in need. According to the New York Times she would say, “I am not a hero. I was just an ordinary housewife and secretary.” Her words should remind each of us our capacity for great goodness and self-sacrifice, just as they should not diminish the heroic efforts she undertook to protect Anne Frank and her family.

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