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Miep en Jan Gies

Otto Frank admiring Miep and Jan Gies’s baby son Paul in 1951. Jan Gies had already become friends with the Frank family through his wife-to-be, Miep, before the war. While they are in hiding he often comes to the Secret Annex, and he arranges ration coupons for the people in hiding.

In the weeks after the liberation, Jan Gies is involved in taking care of returning camp inmates. He asks as many survivors as possible if they know anything about the Frank family’s fate. He finally hears good news on June 3, 1945: a survivor has seen Otto Frank during his journey back to the Netherlands.

Eight years

Jan Gies hurries home to tell his wife the good news. Soon afterwards they see Otto walking up to their house. He has lost everything, though he still does not know both his daughters have died. Miep and Jan Gies invite him to stay with them. He stays for nearly eight years. Otto Frank moves to Basel (Switzerland) in April 1953 where he marries again, to Fritzi Markovits, in November of that year. Miep and Jan Gies regularly go to visit Otto and Fritzi Frank in Basel until Otto’s death in 1980.
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This day in history
Today: 11 December 2017
Then: 11 December 1941

Germany and Italy declare war on the United States; the U.S. respond in kind.

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