A Small Light

National Geographic for Disney/Dusan Martincek
A Small Light

Synopsis

Based on a true story, "A Small Light" follows Miep Gies, the 20-something secretary of Otto Frank who hid him and his family for two years during WWII. But Miep didn't just hide the Franks. With the help of the Dutch resistance, Miep and her husband, Jan, protected countless others from the Nazis. There was no one they could say no to, despite it meaning they'd have to keep their lives secret, sometimes even from each other. You may know the story of Anne Frank and her life in the annex, but this is what happened on the other side of the bookcase. It's the story of how an ordinary secretary managed to do extraordinary things during one of our darkest moments in history.

Episodes

Season 1
  • Pilot

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    Miep, who believes she's just a secretary, is asked to hide the Franks and must rise to the occasion. No longer ordinary, her first task is to get a nervous Margot into the secret hiding place in plain view of the Nazis.

  • Welcome to Switzerland

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    Everything seems under control until Miep’s Jewish dentist, Fritz Pfeffer, asks if she knows of a place where he can hide. Though she tries to say no, she’s overcome by the need to help just one more person.

  • Motherland

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    Laws against Jews are intensifying, landing two small children in Miep and Jan’s care, strengthening Jan’s ties to the resistance and bringing up Miep’s issues with her past abandonment.

  • The Butterfly

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    Miep tries to reconcile her old life with her new one but is forced to choose between her morals and her lifelong best friend while trying to bring some form of holiday cheer to the lives of those in the annex.

  • Scheissfeld

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    Miep and Jan’s marriage struggles as Jan puts his resistance work above all else, including his own life and his wife’s wishes. This culminates in a huge blow to the Nazis by the resistance that leaves Miep clueless as to Jan’s whereabouts.

  • Boiling Point

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    Amsterdam has been almost emptied of Jews, which means the Jewish council is next. Miep and Jan struggle to find a way out of the city for Max, his wife, and two Jewish nurses as they try to remain quiet for their new Nazi upstairs neighbor.

  • What Can Be Saved

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    Miep and Jan’s worst fear has come true, but Miep refuses to lose hope. She's determined to take control of the situation, even if that means befriending the enemy and begging him for mercy.

  • Legacy

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    People are freezing and starving all over Amsterdam as the end of the war drags on. Miep keeps it together through it all and even manages to keep Opekta running in the hopes that her friends will have something to return to.