A group of about 20 historians, criminologists, data analysts, and retired FBI agent Vincent Bangkok have identified Arnold van den Berg as a suspect. However, some other experts stress that the evidence is not conclusive.
The research group concluded that it is “highly likely” that Van den Berg betrays Frank’s hideout to save his family One of the group’s members, Peter van Tuysek, told NRC daily.
The researchers found that Van de Berg, who died in 1950, had access to information about the cache, because it belonged to The Jewish Council of Amsterdam.
Dutch historian Eric Sommers Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Research (NIOD) He appreciated the comprehensive and interdisciplinary work of the researchers, but said he was skeptical of its findings.
Sommers told Reuters that the identification of Van den Berg as a suspect was based on an anonymous note bearing his name and on assumptions about Jewish institutions operating in Amsterdam during the war, which have not been confirmed by other historical research.
– Apparently they were working on the assumption that Van den Berg was guilty, and they found a matching motive. Somers announced. According to him, there are many other reasons for not deporting a notary because “he was a very influential man”.
Home manager Anne Frank, Ronald LeopoldThe study, he said, “provided important new information and a fascinating hypothesis that merits further investigation.”
The attempt to identify the traitor was not intended to lead to criminal proceedings, but only to shed light on one of the greatest mysteries of the Netherlands during World War II.
The team used modern research techniques and compiled its database from a list of Nazi collaborators, informants, historical documents, police data, and past research. In order to identify the suspect, dozens of scenarios and the locations of potential suspects were depicted on the map, taking into account the knowledge of their hiding place, motives and assumed capabilities.
The results of the study will be published in a book by the Canadian author Rosemary Sullivan “The Betrayal of Anne Frank”which was released on Tuesday.
Over the past decades, dozens of people have been identified as potential traitors to Anne Frank’s hideout. Anne Frank Cathedral In his 2016 study, he concluded that finding Anne’s hiding place may also have happened by chance.
Anne Frank started her diary on her thirteenth birthday, June 12, 1942. It was kept by one of the people who helped the Frank family in hiding, Mip Jess, who handed it over to Anne Otto’s father after the war.
The diary was published in 1947. It has so far been translated into more than 60 languages.
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