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The Big Music Behind Nat Geo's 'A Small Light'

Updated: Aug 10, 2023

Bel Powley stars as Miep Gies in Nat Geo's limited series, A Small Light.
Bel Powley stars as Miep Gies in Nat Geo's limited series, A Small Light.

One of the buzziest limited series in the past few months is Nat Geo's historical drama, A Small Light.

The eight-episode series tells the story of Anne Frank from the point of view of Miep Gies, one of the Frank family employees, who helped the family hide from the Nazi's in the German-occupied Netherlands during the second world war.

The brilliant cast led by English actor Bel Powley, who plays Miep, is getting loads of praise from critics and audiences alike. Her cast members include Live Schreiber as Otto Frank, Joe Cole as Jan Gies, Amira Casar, as Edith Frank, Ashley Brooke as Margot Frank, and Billie Boullet as Anne Frank.

The original song for the series composed by Ariel Marx entitled "What Can Be Saved" is nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited or Anthology Series, Movie, or Special (Original Dramatic Score. The show is a brilliantly scored series that will take audiences to the heyday of swinging big bands and smooth balladeers.

APM is proud to provide a couple of powerful tracks to bring this show to life.

Here are a few playlists to that highlight music perfect for shows like A Small Light. You can also reach out to APM's music directors, who will walk you through APM's vast catalog of archival recordings and contemporary takes on Swing classics.

1940s playlist for projects like A Small Light

1940s playlist for projects like A Small Light


About Miep Gies

  • Miep Gies is best known for hiding Anne Frank and her family in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Along with her husband, Jan Gies, and a few others, she provided a secret annex in the back of her workplace to shelter the Frank family and four other Jewish people from the Nazis.

  • After the Nazis arrested the residents of the secret annex, Miep bravely collected and hid Anne Frank's diary and other personal writings, saving them from being lost forever. After the war, she gave the diary to Anne's father, Otto Frank, who later published it as The Diary of a Young Girl.

  • Miep and her colleagues risked their lives by helping hide Jewish families from the Nazis. The consequences of being caught would have been severe, yet they chose to do what was right and resisted the oppressive regime.

  • Miep Gies received numerous awards and honors for her heroic actions, including the Yad Vashem Righteous Among the Nations medal, an award presented to non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.

  • Throughout her life, Miep remained modest about her actions during the war. She often downplayed her heroism, stating that she did what anyone would do in the same situation. Despite this, her courage and compassion continue to inspire generations.

  • After the war, Miep continued to work with Otto Frank and the Anne Frank Foundation, striving to spread Anne's story and promote tolerance and understanding. She also spoke about her experiences to educate future generations about the Holocaust and the importance of standing up against injustice.

  • Miep Gies is portrayed in various books, documentaries, and movies that recount the story of Anne Frank and the hidden annex. Her character serves as a symbol of hope and resistance in the face of adversity.

  • Miep Gies passed away on January 11, 2010, at the age of 100, but her legacy as a courageous and compassionate individual continues to live on.


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