Anne Frank, the teenage Holocaust sufferer whose posthumously revealed diary gave the world a glimpse of what it was like to cover from Nazi persecution, could have been betrayed by a outstanding Jewish businessman, in response to a chilly case-style investigation outlined in a brand new ebook, “The Betrayal of Anne Frank A Chilly Case Investigation,” by Rosemary Sullivan.
Anne spent two years hiding in a secret annex in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. On Aug. 4, 1944, Nazis broke in and carted off Anne’s household and 4 different Jewish folks hiding there to focus camps.
Solely Otto Frank, Anne’s father, survived. After the struggle, he recovered his daughter’s diary and had it revealed in 1947.
Pankoke and his investigators reexamined the World Conflict II-era case with trendy strategies and know-how — singling out Arnold van den Bergh, a outstanding Jewish notary in Amsterdam, because the “almost certainly” betrayer of the Frank household. He could have carried out it with the intention to spare his personal from deportation to a focus camp.
“Now we have investigated over 30 suspects in 20 completely different situations, leaving one situation we wish to confer with because the almost certainly situation,” filmmaker Thijs Bayens instructed the Related Press Monday.
“There isn’t a smoking gun as a result of betrayal is circumstantial,” mentioned Bayens, who got here up with the concept for the investigation.
Nonetheless, a long-lost nameless tip despatched to Otto Frank after the struggle fingered van den Bergh because the informant who instructed the Nazis in regards to the hideout. The investigative crew rediscovered it throughout an AI-assisted evaluation of outdated paperwork. The suspected informant himself died in 1950.
In a press release, the Anne Frank House, a nonprofit that runs a museum within the constructing the place the Franks have been hiding, mentioned it had no involvement within the investigation however allowed the crew to evaluation its archives and museum – in addition to its personal investigation into the matter from 2016, which appeared into different potential causes for the Nazi raid.
“On the Anne Frank Home we intention to inform the life story of Anne Frank as absolutely as doable, so it’s vital to additionally look at the arrest of Anne Frank and the seven different folks within the Secret Annex in as a lot element as doable,” mentioned the group’s govt director Ronald Leopold. “The chilly case crew’s investigation has generated vital new info and a captivating speculation that benefit additional analysis.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.