Who Betrayed Anne Frank? Investigators May Know

Who Betrayed Anne Frank? Investigators May Know

(DailyVantage.com) – Almost everyone knows the story of how Anne Frank and her family lived in hiding for over two years during the heights of the holocaust. Her famous diaries clued people in to just how tough life in hiding was for Jewish people. However, on August 4, 1944, the Gestapo found Anne and her family and they were shipped off to a concentration camp. Since the Franks managed to remain in hiding for so long, many suspected someone sold them out, but until now, there’s been no clue as to who that could be.

On January 16, former FBI Agent Vince Pankoke appeared on CBS’ 60 Minutes Overtime to discuss what he found. Back in 2016, Pankoke was tapped to investigate the case with modern crime-solving techniques. After sifting through years of data and exploring the area where Anne and her family hid away, the investigation led them to a prior suspect: Arnold van den Bergh. Though the case is circumstantial, Van den Bergh, Pankoke said, had the motive to sell out the Franks — he was protecting his own family from persecution.

This isn’t the first time Van den Bergh’s name came up as a potential suspect. It was mentioned in 1963, but nobody delved into it. Apparently, an anonymous note mailed to Otto Frank revealed Van den Bergh as the betrayer.

Arnold van den Bergh passed away in 1950, 3 years after Otto Frank published the famous book of his daughter’s writings. Otto, the lone survivor of his family, passed away in 1980.

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