Jan Augustus Gies

Jan Augustus Gies

Amsterdam, Amsterdam Municipality, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Death 26 Jan 1993 (aged 87)
Amsterdam, Amsterdam Municipality, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 176560594 · View Source
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Jan Augustus Gies was a member of the Dutch Resistance who, with his wife Miep, helped hide Anne Frank and her family from Nazi persecution during the occupation of the Netherlands.

Jan Augustus Gies (also known as Henk van Santen) was born and raised in Amsterdam's south side.

He met his future wife, Miep Gies, in 1933 when he was a bookkeeper and she an office worker at a local textile company. They married in Amsterdam on 16 July 1941, when Miep was threatened with deportation back to Vienna after she refused to join a Nazi women's group. Their wedding was attended by Otto and Anne Frank, Hermann van Pels and his wife Auguste van Pels, and Miep's colleagues Victor Kugler, Bep Voskuijl, and Johannes Kleiman.

Miep and Jan also took in a student, who had refused to sign a Nazi oath.

Later that year, Gies was appointed the nominal director of Otto Frank's company after Frank was forced to resign from the board under the newly introduced Nazi laws which forbade Jews to hold directorships, and from then on, the company traded under the name Gies & Co.

In 1993, Jan Gies died peacefully at home from diabetes, aged 87. He was survived by his wife, Hermine "Miep" Gies, son Paul (Lucie) Gies and three grandchildren, Erwin, Jeanine, and David.

His sister, Jacqueline, was born July 24, 1906.

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