A new book released in the United States this week brings revelations and clues to solving the mystery of the capture of Anne Frank and his family, 77 years later.
In “The Betrayal of Anne Frank” (“The Betrayal of Anne Frank”), Canadian writer Rosemary Sullivan recounts the investigation that led to the main suspect in betraying the Franks’ hideout to the Nazis: the Jewish notary Arnold van den Bergh.
The discovery came from a more than six-year research, led by former FBI agent Vince Pankoke, and involved the investigation of old documents and testimonies of posthumous witnesses, as well as data analysis with modern algorithms.
The most important source, however, was a copy of an anonymous letter sent to Anne’s father, Otto Frank, after World War II, which was forgotten in police files. The note denounces van den Bergh, a member of a Jewish council in Amsterdam, who allegedly informed the Nazi Party of a series of hiding addresses in exchange for avoiding deportation of his own family. Van den Bergh died in 1950, without having passed through any concentration camps.
Anne Frank and her family had to take refuge from the Nazi occupation of Holland in 1942. Hidden in a secret annex in a building, the girl began to keep a diary recounting life in isolation, as well as her observations on the situation in which Europe passed, his emotions and reflections.
In August 1944, the family was discovered and sent to concentration camps. Anne and her sister died in the Bergen-Belsen camp in Germany in 1945 at the age of 15. Her father, Otto, survived Auschwitz and discovered his daughter’s notebooks after the war. First published in 1947, “The Diary of Anne Frank” is one of the most recognized accounts of the Holocaust, and has been translated into more than 70 languages.
Otto Frank died in 1980, without ever publicly revealing evidence of the culprit for the discovery of his family. As Sullivan’s book now reveals, the silence would have been motivated to avoid an anti-Semitic perception of the case; after all, van den Bergh was also a Jew.
This Monday (17), the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam, responsible for maintaining the memory of the young woman and her writings, spoke about the case and its importance. “This is a fascinating hypothesis, which deserves further investigation,” he said in an official statement.
Reference: CNN Brasil