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The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation Kindle Edition
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A New York Times Bestseller
Less a mystery unsolved than a secret well kept...
Using new technology, recently discovered documents and sophisticated investigative techniques, an international team—led by an obsessed retired FBI agent—has finally solved the mystery that has haunted generations since World War II: Who betrayed Anne Frank and her family? And why?
Over thirty million people have read The Diary of a Young Girl, the journal teen-aged Anne Frank kept while living in an attic with her family and four other people in Amsterdam during World War II, until the Nazis arrested them and sent them to a concentration camp. But despite the many works—journalism, books, plays and novels—devoted to Anne’s story, none has ever conclusively explained how these eight people managed to live in hiding undetected for over two years—and who or what finally brought the Nazis to their door.
With painstaking care, retired FBI agent Vincent Pankoke and a team of indefatigable investigators pored over tens of thousands of pages of documents—some never before seen—and interviewed scores of descendants of people familiar with the Franks. Utilizing methods developed by the FBI, the Cold Case Team painstakingly pieced together the months leading to the infamous arrest—and came to a shocking conclusion.
The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation is the riveting story of their mission. Rosemary Sullivan introduces us to the investigators, explains the behavior of both the captives and their captors and profiles a group of suspects. All the while, she vividly brings to life wartime Amsterdam: a place where no matter how wealthy, educated, or careful you were, you never knew whom you could trust.
"Sullivan’s narrative, full of twists and turns and dead-end leads, commands attention at every page, dramatic without being sensational." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Hums with living history, human warmth and indignation….Sullivan circles all of these possibilities like Agatha Christie with Zoom and a time machine.” — New York Times
"The Betrayal of Anne Frank is a stunning piece of historical detective work, cleverly structured and grippingly written." — Telegraph (UK)--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
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ROSEMARY SULLIVAN, the author of fifteen books, is best known for her recent biography Stalin’s Daughter. Published in twenty-three countries, it won the Biographers International Organization Plutarch Award and was a finalist for the PEN /Bograd Weld Award for Biography and the National Books Critics Circle Award. Her book Villa Air-Bel was awarded the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem Award in Holocaust History. She is a professor emeritus at the university of Toronto and has lectured in Canada, the U.S., Europe, India, and Latin America.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B0BLSQLV3L
- Publisher : Harper Perennial (Jan. 17 2023)
- Language : English
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- Print length : 414 pages
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Reviewed in Canada on January 22, 2022
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The book tells the World, for those who didn't already know, the meaning of oppression, it's scary.
However, as much as I like the book, I totally disagree with the conclusion that Arnold Van den Bergh is the man who betrayed Anne Frank. The Cold Case Team simply got sidetracked by the "note" sent to Otto Frank and then went on a path of discovery and analysis that is quite impressive but for what? The note is from an unknown, not dated. The Cold Case Team states Otto received it shortly after liberation, however there is no proof of that. Otto never believed the note, as he and others of his workers in the know suspected Van Maaren, the warehouse foreman and Otto even filed a formal complaint with the police twice, in 1948 and in 1963; the book doesn't mention this however. The note was likely to divert attention away from the families of the people implicated. Van Den Bergh was dead, he died in 1950, a man who had lots of enemies, so to discredit him would also have been another possible motive*. The raid stemmed from a call, it was sudden, not the result of a list sent by anyone linked to Jewish affairs months before. Yes Van den Bergh sent lists, but they were lists of Jews to be deported, that was his job, sadly and however despicable* this task was to him and to others in his position, those are the facts.
I don't believe in coincidences, in the spring and early summer 1944, it was known to many that the annex contained Jews and it was discussed in the city, so the gig was up. The warehouse foreman Van Maarsen and one of his worker Lammert Hartog, both knew and discussed it, even with Hartog's wife Lena, who even went so far as mentioning it in that very same workplace (she was a cleaning lady), including with those in the know. Disaster was looming, as the clock was ticking on the refugees but unfortunately a mistake was made by not telling Otto Frank. Had he been told, he would have surely started to work immediately on moving his family to a safer place, it was a matter of life or death.
It is clear to me that all three decided to put an end to the mystery of who was in the annex and made that call. Lammert Hartog's wife Lena may have been the one doing the talking as Lammert was at work. The foreman Van Maarsen was also at work also. "Remarkably", Lammert dissappeared for a while on the day of the raid but Van Maarsen stayed and immediately directed the raiding party upstairs.
Lamnert Hartog died in 1959. Miep Gies knew who betrayed Ann Frank and it slipped one day when she said that the individual was deceased by 1960. Van den Bergh died in 1950.
The SS officer Silverbauer did acknowledge in an interview afterwards, while working in Vienna as a police inspector, that Anne Frank had been betrayed by a warehouse worker but later recanted as he wasn't allowed to talk about this to anyone. This is why the call was deemed credible, as the caller would have stated that she worked at the 263 address, along with her husband. This information alone validated the call, it wasn't just a wild goose chase so they acted on it quickly.
The trio is guilty of betrayal but then, none of them knew who the people in the annex were, they didn't expect such an explosion of interest, they were eight Jews out of 10's of 1000's deported from Amsterdam alone, so it wasn't that big a deal notwithstanding their fate. The gig was up but sadly the refugees didn't know, a terrible mistake in hindsight.
Finally, as a testimony to Otto Frank, once he knew who it was, he refused to repeat it, as he knew what the repercussions to the families of the deceased person who betrayed them would be, something he was totally against doing, even to the family of the SS officer who arrested him.
I nonetheless recommend the book 📖 , it's not perfect as stated but I want to congratulate the author nonetheless on putting it together. I enjoyed immensely reading about the team approach, the tools used, which are simply fantastic.
To say this book and the Dutch investigation were throughly investigated, would be an understatement. I think that a lot of people didn't want to believe who they discovered was the culprit. It's sad and it's hard to comprehend. We don't like to think that someone could do this to another person. Especially one who was supposed to be on your "side". One theme that seems to run through the whole book is betrayal. Loyalty came second to most who were trying to save their families lives and their own. I think that is where the majority of the controversy originated from, though few would admit it. It's easier to say that the book was full of inaccuracies, not researched properly and lacks evidence.
I highly recommend this book. It was extremely well written, easy to follow along with and I learned so many things that I hadn't known before!!
I could not put the book down and will read it again at a later time.
Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on January 22, 2022
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I was sceptical, at first, about how reliable or complete any information might be after eighty years and by the time I had got to the end of the book, I realised I was right to be so.
The team searching for the answer to the question the book poses were multi-skilled, multi-national and absolutely meticulous in undertaking their research. That much is clear from the documents and archives accessed and referenced in the lengthy text. But does the book answer the actual question on the cover? By the time I’d got to the end, I had to conclude that it only did so in part.
The team working on this issue did look at everyone who might be the possible betrayer and, through research and evidence gathering from records, books, archives etc, eliminated them. What remained then was not the truth, in my view, because the evidence did not support it. What remained was a conclusion that was based on a fair amount of supposition.
I’ve also had the chance to question some dutch friends about their thoughts on the book, too. It is also interesting to note that this book was withdrawn from sale in Holland because of a backlash of public opinion.
As an exposé of what life under the occupation was like in Holland, it is a fascinating examination of the documentary history, made even more interesting when it is set against the background of Holland’s neutrality at the outbreak of war. The prose is beautifully written and reads more like a novel than an essay examining a particular piece of history. On those points alone, I have to say that the book is to be recommended.
But does it answer the prime question? In my view, not really. Will we ever know the real answer to this question? Very probably not. Are we entitled to know the answer to this question? This is a hard one to answer, but for me, I think that there are some things that are perhaps best left alone.
This book does have the advantage of realistically depicting the very confusing and difficult situation in which many Amsterdammers, Jewish and otherwise, found themselves under the German occupation, and the moral complexities many of them had to face. A timely reminder that it is not always possible to be a wholly good or wholly bad person, and that before we judge people we need to understand their circumstances.