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At their apartment, close to the secret annex, Gies and her husband who belonged to the Dutch resistance also hid an anti-Nazi university student. On the morning of 4 August , sitting at her desk, Gies, along with Voskuijl and Kleiman, was confronted by a man with a gun commanding "Stay put! Don't move! The next day, Gies went to the German police office to try to find the arrestees.

She offered money to buy their freedom but did not succeed. Gies and the other helpers could have been executed if they had been caught hiding Jews; however, she was not arrested because the police officer who came to interrogate her was from Vienna , her birth town. She recognized his accent and told him they had the same hometown.

He was amazed, then started pacing and cursing at her, finally deciding to let her stay. Before the hiding place was emptied by the authorities, Gies retrieved Anne Frank's diaries and saved them in her desk drawer.

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After the war had ended and it was confirmed that Anne Frank had perished in Bergen-Belsen , Gies gave the collection of papers and notebooks to the sole survivor from the Secret Annex , Otto Frank. Gies did not read the diaries before turning them over to Otto and later remarked that if she had, she would have had to destroy them because the papers contained the names of all five of the helpers as well as of their black-market suppliers.

She was persuaded by Otto Frank to read the diary in its second printing.

Gies was interviewed about her memories of hiding the Frank family for the documentary film Anne Frank Remembered by Jon Blair. The minor planet Miepgies is named in her honor. I am not a special person.

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I don't want attention. I did what any decent person would have done. On 11 January , a month before her st birthday, Miep Gies died in Hoorn after suffering from a fall.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Miep Gies. Vienna , Austria-Hungary. Hoorn , North Holland , Netherlands. Jan Gies m. This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. BBC News. Los Angeles Times. Anne Frank remembered. The story of the woman who helped to hide the Frank family, London, The New York Times.

Retrieved 18 August Retrieved 27 September Retrieved 12 January Anne Frank. Of the eight who survived to adulthood, many married into prominent New York families.

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Meetings and councils were held there, and Angelica and her siblings came into regular contact with well-known figures of the time, like John Barker Church , a British MP who frequented Schuyler's war councils. Church made himself a sizable fortune during the Revolutionary War by selling supplies to the French and Continental armies — one can safely assume this made him persona non grata in his home country of England.

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Church managed to issue a number of financial credits to banks and shipping companies in the fledgling United States, and after the war, the U. Treasury Department was unable to pay him back in cash. Instead, they offered him a ,acre tract of land in western New York State. In , when she was 21, Angelica eloped with John Church. By , Church had been appointed as an envoy to the French government, and so he and Angelica relocated to Europe, where they lived for almost 15 years.

In , the Churches moved to London, where Angelica found herself welcomed into the social circle of the royal family and became a friend of William Pitt the Younger. In , the Churches returned to New York and settled the land they owned in the western part of the state. Their son Philip laid out a town and named it for his mother. Angelica, New York, which you can still visit today, maintains the original layout set up by Philip Church.

Angelica, like many educated women of her time, was a prolific correspondent and wrote extensive letters to many of the men involved in the fight for independence.

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A collection of her writings to Jefferson, Franklin, and her brother in law, Alexander Hamilton, reveals that she was not just charming, but also politically savvy, sharply witty, and aware of her own status as a woman in a male-dominated world. The letters, particularly those written by Hamilton and Jefferson back to Angelica, show that those who knew her respected her opinions and ideas a great deal.

Although Angelica had a mutually affectionate relationship with Hamilton, there is no evidence to suggest that their connection was inappropriate. However, it is unlikely that this was the case. As was common for young ladies of her time, Eliza was a regular churchgoer, and her faith remained unwavering throughout her lifetime. As a child, she was strong-willed and impulsive. At one point, she even journeyed along with her father to a meeting of the Six Nations, which would have been highly unusual for a young lady in the eighteenth century.

Within a few months they were engaged, and corresponding regularly. Biographer Ron Chernow writes of the attraction :. Hamilton was not the first man Eliza had been drawn to. In , a British officer named John Andre had been a houseguest at the Schuyler home, and Eliza found herself quite intrigued by him. A gifted artist, Major Andre had sketched pictures for Eliza, and they formed a tenuous friendship. As the head of the British Secret Service, Andre was sentenced to hang. However, by December she had relented, and they married that month. After a brief stint in which Eliza joined Hamilton at his army station, the couple settled in to make a home together.

The couple, along with their children, moved briefly to Albany, and then to New York City.