A six-year investigation into the unsolved case of the person who betrayed Anne Frank has led to a suspicious surprise over the death of the teenage writer of the famous diary, which was discovered in her hiding place next to an Amsterdam canal, who died in a concentration camp. in 1945.
A relatively unknown person, the Jewish notary Arnold van den Berg, was named by the investigative team that included retired FBI agent Vincent Pancock and about 20 historians, criminologists and data experts.
More than 75 years after the Nazi raid on this building in Amsterdam, investigators have concluded that it is "very likely" that Van den Berg surrendered the Frank family in order to save his own family, Peter van Tuisk said today. member of the research team, in the NBC newspaper.
Anna was discovered on August 4, 1944, after hiding for two years. Mip Guis, one of the family's assistants, kept Anna's diary securely until it was published by Anna's father, Otto, in 1947, two years after his daughter died at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. 15 years old. The Anne Frank Diary, which had millions of readers around the world, has been translated into 60 languages.
The attempt to identify the traitor was not intended to lead to prosecution, but to solve one of the greatest mysteries in the Netherlands during World War II.
Using Big Data analysis techniques, a master database was created with lists of Nazi collaborators, informants, historical documents, police records, and previous investigations to uncover new information.
Dozens of scenarios and suspect locations were visualized on a map to identify the traitor, based on knowledge of the hideout, motivation and opportunities available.
The findings of the new research will be published in the book by Canadian author Rosemary Sullivan "The Traitor of Anne Frank", which will be released tomorrow, Tuesday.
Dozens of suspects had been named in previous decades, but never before had modern research techniques been so widely applied to identify a suspect.