I stumbled upon this article just this evening. Of particular interest was Gies’ observation about the duty of ‘ordinary’ people to do right towards one another:

I don’t want to be considered a hero,… Imagine young people would grow up with the feeling that you have to be a hero to do your human duty. I am afraid nobody would ever help other people, because who is a hero? I was not. I was just an ordinary housewife and secretary.