Since decades, Miep Gies has been receiving mail from all over the world. People write to thank her for her book, to share their own life story, and to ask questions. Before Miep's book was released in the Netherlands, it was published in the United States in English. Many of those asking questions live in America, and they include many children.
All mail was handled and answered, but you are now being invited, above all, to send an e-mail.
Miep Gies has died on the 11th of January 2010 but her son Paul Gies will do his best to answer any questions you might have.
Below you will find the 100 most frequently asked questions. The last three contain advice that Miep Gies would like to offer all letter writers.
1. Wat is your best memory about the time of the hiding and what is your worst (except the capture)?
97. I admire your bravery and courage. I probably could not do it.
96. What do you know about the five missing papers?
95. Wat was your involvement with Anne’s diary?
94. How did you manage to give the hiders a feeling of safety and what was your impression of their personalities?
93. In spite of all dedication Anne was arrested. Was it worth the effort?
92. Have you ever heard from Anne after her arrest?
91. How did the police find the hiding place?
90. Was anyone suspicious?
89. What would have been the punishment for hiding Jews?
88. Have you met discrimination as a child?
87. Were your duties sometimes overwhelming?
86. When did you meet Anne the last time?
85. Did Anne and Peter really kiss?
84. Did you like to read and write when you were a kid?
83. Were you ever in a concentration camp?
82. How many letters you get?
81. Where and how long did you go to school?
80. Is any of the helpers or of Anne's friends still alive?
79. How many languages you know?
78. Was it hard to get to the hiding place?
77. Did you put "The Diary of Anne Frank" together with Otto Frank?
76. Did the Dutch government try to rebel against the Nazi's?
75. Did you ever want to go back to Vienna?
74. Did the hiders ever get stressed?
73. Was the student Kuna, you did hide at your home, arrested?
72. Do you like the world today, compared to before World War II?
71. Was your husband supportive?
70. How did the people find out about the concentration camps?
69. How did the Nazi's treat the non-Jews?
68. Was Otto Frank a German officer in World War I?
67. What did your husband think of your help?
66. Did you ever search abandoned places for valuables?
64. What happened to the garbage of the hiders?
63. You were propably relieved at the arrest of the hiders?
62. Did you hide, exept the student Kuno, anybody else?
61. How were the teenagers kept occupied and quiet?
60. Did your family know and agree about your hiding people?
59. Did you read the Diary?
58. Is it true that a burglar betrayed them?
57. Could the Frank family still have gone to Switzerland?
56. How did the experience affect your life?
55. Did Otto ever share any of his opinions regarding the Diary?
54. What was Margot's personality like?
53. Was there ever a moment you wanted to give op?
52. Do we know where Anne and the other victims are buried?
51. Is there something you will never forget?
50. What was it like to live under the conditions of the Second World War?
49. Could the neighbours not hear all the fighting and yelling?
48. Miep, how are you doing?
47. How is it to be the only one, still living?
46. Was it hard to provide for the hiders and also for yourself?
45. How you feel about the German people?
44. Do you stille have Anne Frank's manuscript?
43. What had happened if they had not been helped to hide?
42. How did you respond to having only Otto Frank come back?
41. What was it like being with Anne for that long?
40. Whose idea was the Secret Annex?
39. Was it your idea to get the Diary published?
38. Do people treat you differently, because you are famous?
37. You brought food and games to the Annex. So, while this happened the outside world was still normal?
36. What movie or play is closest to the real thing?
35. Why did Otto never appear in a movie?
34. Were you and Anne close?
32. Did Otto, after the war, keep his office?
31. How old were you when it all started?
30. Was it hard to procure cigarettes and other supplies?
29. What was the hardest part of keeping the secret?
28. What were the other hiders like?
27. Did Margot also keep a diary?
26. Besides Anne's diary what else did you take from the Attic?
25. Were the hiders nice people?
24. Was Anne an extraordinary child?
23. Did you enjoy your wedding?
22. Was Margot always the quiet one?
21. Why did you never return to live with your real family in Austria?
20. Do you think Anne and Peter would later have married?
19. Did you know about Anne's diary when she was in hiding?
18. What was it like knowing Anne and her family?
17. Did you return to the Attic and have you seen death camps?
16. Did you help other people during the war?
15. What was the hardest part of the whole thing?
14. Do you have any friends from the time of the Holocaust that are still living today?
13. Are you still married and where do you live now?
12. Have you ever been to the USA?
11. What was life like in that time? We have read stories from the Jewish perspective, but how was it for non-Jews?
10. Did only you and Mr. Kugler know about the hiders?
9. What made you risk your life to help the families?
8. Did you ever sit down with Anne and talk about the war?
7. Did you ever visit a death camp?
6. While in hiding, was Anne afraid or sad a lot?
5. What were the Nazi's like, were they nice or rude?
4. Was it worth risking your life by helping the Jews?
3. Was it hard to meet everyone's needs?
2. Did you ever think you were going to be captured?