(AbsoluteNews.com) – German-born citizen Anne Frank and her family fled their home country for Amsterdam, where they hid to avoid persecution during Adolf Hitler’s rise to power. When the Nazis captured them in 1944, no one knew for sure who revealed their hiding place in the secret annex above Anne’s father’s business – until now. Investigators looking into the mystery of the snitch who sold out the Franks believe it was local businessman Arnold van den Bergh. Although they have no concrete evidence, the strong circumstantial proof against the man is pretty convincing. Apparently, he was trying to save his own family by revealing the whereabouts of Otto Frank and his family, which included Anne.
The Franks in Hiding
In 1942, the Nazis grew closer to where the Frank family lived and worked in the Netherlands. When Anne’s sister, Margot, received a letter calling for her to report to a labor camp in Nazi Germany, Mr. and Mrs. Frank decided they had no choice but to hide themselves and their children. Anne’s father had already started working on furnishing such a place in the annex of his business.
During their two long years in hiding with four additional people, Anne documented their stay at Prinsengracht 263 in her diary, which was later published and read throughout the world. On August 4, 1944, Van den Bergh told the Nazis where the Franks were hiding. They were arrested and shipped off to Auschwitz. Otto was the only one among them who survived life in a concentration camp.
Vince Pankoke and a team of investigators spent the last six years determining who betrayed the inhabitants within the annex, resulting in their deaths. They reopened Dutch inquiries into the matter, which were incomplete with reports missing and witnesses who were no longer living. The investigators entered the records in addition to letters, pictures, and other documents into a database looking for possible connections leading to the perpetrator or perpetrators.
The evidence finally revealed the van den Bergh connection. Arnold served on a Jewish council set up by the Nazis to do their dirty work in exchange for their family’s lives. Pankoke discovered someone on the council was handing over lists of possible hiding places around Amsterdam. The fact van den Bergh and his family did not spend time in concentration camps told the investigators he likely sold out the Franks. The final piece of evidence was a note from Otto Frank revealing the man as his betrayer.
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