The betrayal of Anne Frank was one of the most famous incidents of World War II, where mysterious stories on the case have been rotating. However, a new investigation now sheds light on the German-Dutch diarist of Jewish heritage, Anne frank and the revelation came after 77 years of in-depth search.
According to a new cold case investigation, the Jewish family of Anne Frank hiding in Amsterdam during World War Two was most likely betrayed by a notary in Amsterdam. has been identified as the ‘prime suspect’ who betrayed the teen diarist and her family to the Nazis.
The suspect is a Jewish notary Arnold van den Bergh, he has been named by a team that included retired U.S. FBI agent Vincent Pankoke and around 20 historians, criminologists, and data specialists.
According to history, Anne and seven other Jews were discovered by the Nazis on August 4 in 1944, after they had hidden for nearly two years in a secret place above a canal-side warehouse in Amsterdam. The secret hiding place became known as the Achterhuis, which was translated into “Secret Annex” in English editions of the diary. After they were found, all were deported, and reportedly Anne died in the Bergen Belsen camp at age 15.
Annie Frank’s diary has been published in several languages and adapted for stage and screen alike. At that time, the attempt to identify the betrayer was not intended to lead to prosecution, but to solve one of the biggest unsolved mysteries in the Netherlands of World War Two.
A 23-strong team led by retired Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) agent Vince Pankoke collected interviews, diaries, address lists, and war files from archives worldwide to test the existing and new hypotheses. Using Big Data research techniques, a master database was compiled with lists of Nazi collaborators, informants, historic documents, police records, and prior research to uncover new leads. Dozens of scenarios and locations of suspects were visualized on a map to identify a betrayer, based on knowledge of the hiding place, motive, and opportunity.
However, the evidence comes from modern data-crunching techniques combined with a long-lost, anonymous note sent to Anne’s father Otto naming Van den Bergh. The findings of the new research will be published in a book by Canadian author Rosemary Sullivan, “The Betrayal of Anne Frank”.