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Miep Gies

In an interview after the war Miep Gies talked about why she helped the people in hiding:

I was able to help those people. They were powerless, and they didn’t know where to turn. I always emphasise that we weren’t heroes. We simply did our duty as h‘uman beings: helping others who were in need. A lot of people didn’t do that in those times: some out of fear. If someone is afraid then you can hardly blame them. If they can honestly admit that, as a friend of mine did back then, then I think that’s brave.’

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This day in history
Today: 20 February 2018
Then: 19 February 1945

Some 30,000 United States Marines land on the Western Pacific island of Iwo Jima, where they encounter ferocious resistance from Japanese forces. The Americans take control of the strategically important island after a month-long battle.

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