Every month, I re-read one or two classics from childhood that influenced my writing. Leafing through Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl sent me to the words of Miep Gies, who helped shelter Anne’s family and friends. After their arrest in August 1944, she safeguarded the diary until Otto Frank, the only survivor, returned.
In 1988, Gies penned Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped Hide the Frank Family. The story is soulful plain speak. Six years later, Gies delivered the Wallenberg Lecture at the University of Michigan, disclosing childhood experiences that shaped her path as an adult, including hunger and foster parents who instilled ethics by quiet actions.
Everyday heroism begins at home.