- Yusuf Ozkan
- The Hague, Netherlands
Claiming that Arnold van den Berg, a Jewish notary from Amsterdam, had betrayed Anne Frank and his family, one of the symbols of the Holocaust during World War II, the book was confiscated by a Dutch publisher.
Publisher Ambo Anthos has decided to stop selling the book on Tuesday evening after a team of historians made a report criticizing the results of “The Anne Frank Betrayal”.
The Dutch publisher, who again apologized to the public for the book, announced that, based on reports from historians, they immediately decided to withdraw the book from the market and reprint it.
An international team of cold cases has conducted a previous study using modern techniques to find the answer to the question of who reported the hiding place of Anne Frank and her family in Amsterdam.
A six-year study by an international investigative team led by a retired FBI investigator concluded that “well-known notary Arnold van den Berg, a member of the Jewish Council in Amsterdam, gave the Nazis the home address where Anne Frank and her family were hiding to protect their own family.”
The findings are based on a book by Canadian author Rosemary Sullivan entitled “Anne Frank’s Betrayal.” The claim, with Jewish notary Arnold van den Berg, which was included in the book published in January, was met with reactions from many quarters.
A two-month study of the life of the Jewish notary van den Berg led by a team of historians from various universities in the Netherlands and the Institute for the Study of War and Genocide.
According to the survey, the results presented to Van den Berg’s grandson Mirzam de Gorter on Tuesday evening, the investigation, which declared the Jewish notary a “traitor”, was very unprofessional.
Dutch historians have explained that the International Cold Case team could not identify where Van Dan Berg spent the last eight months of the war, citing evidence that he was not hiding, and therefore thought he was “negotiating for special status.”
‘They worked with superstition’
According to Dutch historians, the international research team worked with extreme prejudice against van den Berg. “We can’t release Van Denberg. We don’t know what’s going on,” said historian Lorraine Westenhout, who was involved in the study.
Insisting that the Jewish notary had been hiding in the town of Laurent with his family for the past eight months, Dutch historians have restored the reputation of Arnold van den Berg and insisted that all charges against him should be dropped.
Mirzam de Gorter, the grandson of a Jewish notary, told Dutch public broadcaster NOS that the Cold Case team knew Van der Berg was hiding, but he was ignored.
A week before the book’s release, he heard that his grandfather would be presented as the main suspect, de Gorter said. “We were shocked. We were shocked because he could not do these things, but we knew they were lies. They dared to spread such a demand around the world. ”
De Gorter wants publishers around the world to follow the example of Ambo Anthos to get the book out of the market.
To that end, Mirzam de Gorter turned to American publisher HarperCollins Publishers, the book’s global rights owner, and all other relevant publishers.
“We have only one theory, nothing more,” Peter van Twisk, chief investigator for the Cold-Case team, who called Van Dan Berg a “traitor,” told the Dutch news agency ANP.
Saying that his thesis has been refuted by Dutch historians, Van Twisk says, “Of course, it comes down to interpretation. They interpret it differently from us. We do not say that he did it, but van den Berg remains the most obvious suspect.” We never came to accuse van den Berg, but the Dutchman “historians traveled to get him released,” he said.
Who is Anne Frank?
In order not to be sent to a Nazi concentration camp, Anne Frank and her family hid in the secret compartment of a house in the Princeschat district of Amsterdam.
Anne Frank’s diary, kept during this period and published after her death, has become one of the most important symbols of the Holocaust. Who reported to the Frank family, who were captured by the Nazis on August 4, 1944, and sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, never known.
Frank died of typhus in February 1945 at the age of 15 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
Father Otto Frank, the only member of the family who survived the concentration camp, helped publish the diaries that symbolized the systematic persecution and genocide of 6 million Jews.