AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Without Miep Gies, the story of Anne Frank might never have been known.
The former office secretary who helped hide the Jewish teenager from the Nazis for two years gathered up the scattered diary pages after the Frank family was arrested and sent to concentration camps. She locked the papers -- unread -- in her desk until Frank's father Otto returned, the only family member to survive.
Gies died Monday from a neck injury suffered when she fell last month, the Anne Frank House museum said. She was 100 and had been one of the few people still alive who knew Anne Frank.
Gies was the last of the ''helpers,'' the six non-Jews who smuggled food, books, writing paper and news of the outside world to the secret attic apartment of the canal-side warehouse where Anne, her parents, sister and four other Jews hid during World War II.
Condolence messages poured in to an online registry at the rate of about 100 per hour Tuesday, said museum spokeswoman Annemarie Bekker. Neither Queen Beatrix, who knighted Gies in 1995, nor the Dutch government immediately issued a statement, however.
Israeli President Shimon Peres, in a letter to the Dutch queen, said Gies ''won the hearts of all of us'' through her efforts to save the Frank family and rescue the diary. ''Miep's selfless humanitarian deed inspires us to continue believing in the goodness and integrity of human beings in the face of unfathomable evil,'' Peres wrote.
The diary chronicles Anne Frank's life as a budding teenager, from her 13th birthday on June 12, 1942 a few weeks before she went into hiding, until August 1, 1944, just days before police broke through the apartment door concealed behind a moveable bookcase.
Frank died of typhus at age 15 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945 -- two weeks before the camp was liberated.
Gies said she never read the diary until she gave the pages to Otto Frank, saying even a teenager's privacy was sacred.