WORLD : Honor for Anne Frank Protector

From Times Wire Services

West Germany is awarding its highest medal for civilians to a Dutch woman who helped hide Anne Frank from the Nazis, the West German Embassy said today.

Miep Gies will receive the Federal Cross of Merit First Class on Friday because of her "crucial role" in hiding the world famous Jewish diarist and her family, the embassy said.

Gies, 80, worked as a secretary in the Amsterdam canal house where the Frank family took refuge from 1942 to '44.

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