Over breakfast this morning I sat down to watch the first hour of a BBC programme Anne Frank Remembered. (For those in the UK, the iplayer link is here.) It had been broadcast last night on BBC4. Little did I realise that Miep Gies had died that day. Gies, of course, was one of the few people who helped the Frank family and others to hide from the Nazis in Amsterdam during the second World War. It was she who found the diary after the Franks had been caught.
There is an obituary of this remarkable woman in the Daily Telegraph here.
Just after 40 minutes into Anne Frank Remembered there is one scene where Miep Gies meets, for the first time, Peter Pfeffer, the son of the dentist who also hid in the attic. It has to be the most moving greeting between two people that I have ever seen. Pfeffer died of cancer not long after the meeting.
She is sadly no longer with us, but Miep Gies leaves behind an example of what it is to be good.