/ 18 January 2022

Who gave up Anne Frank?

Image source: Unsplash
Image source: Unsplash

A team of historians and other experts has spent 6 years using modern investigative techniques, and they now believe they have found the man who gave family up to the Nazis – Arnold van den Bergh. He was a Jewish figure in Amsterdam who probably did it to save his own family, the team told 60 Minutes in the US. Van den Bergh was a member of Amsterdam’s Jewish Council, a body forced to implement Nazi policy in Jewish areas. It was disbanded in 1943, and its members were dispatched to concentration camps, but the Van den Bergh family continued to live in the city as normal. They also found evidence suggesting Otto Frank, Anne’s father, knew it was van den Bergh and kept it secret. The Anne Frank House museum said it was a fascinating hypothesis that “merits further research”. The Diary of Anne Frank, which gave a voice to millions of victims of the Nazi genocide, is one of the most widely-read books in the world.

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