Publisher pulls Anne Frank book that names betrayal suspect

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Publisher pulls Anne Frank book that names betrayal suspect

A Dutch publisher has yanked a new book that claimed to have identified the man who betrayed Anne Frank to the Nazis, after the tome was attacked as being “full of errors.”

Publisher Ambo Anthos said it should have taken a more “critical stance” before printing “The Betrayal of Anne Frank,” which names Jewish notary Arnold van den Bergh as the main suspect.

“We await the answers from the researchers to the questions that have emerged and are delaying the decision to print another run,” the Amsterdam-based publishing house said in an email seen by Reuters. 

“We offer our sincere apologies to anyone who might feel offended by the book.”

Although the email did not elaborate on the “questions” awaiting answers, Rosemary Sullivan’s book has faced mounting criticism over the research by a team that included retired FBI agent Vincent Pankoke.

Anne Frank.
The book details an investigation into the mystery of how the Nazis found the hiding place of Anne Frank in 1944. 
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The Jewish Council for Amsterdam.
“The Betrayal of Anne Frank” names Jewish notary Arnold van den Bergh as the main suspect in Anne Frank’s capture.
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John Goldsmith, president of the Basel-based Anne Frank Fund set up by the heroic teen diarist’s father, Otto, even suggested the book’s allegation “borders on a conspiracy theory.”

“This proof just has not been produced,” Goldsmith told the Swiss newspaper Blick am Sonntag.

“It contributes not to uncovering the truth but to confusion, and in addition, it is full of errors.”

There was no immediate response to requests for comment from reps of the author, Sullivan, or from the book’s English-language publisher, HarperCollins. The book was published in the US on Jan. 18.

But one of the investigators quoted in the book, Pieter van Twisk, told Reuters the research team was “completely surprised” by the Dutch publishing house’s message.

Arnold van den Bergh
Arnold van den Bergh
“The Betrayal of Anne Frank” names Jewish notary Arnold van den Bergh as the man who betrayed Anne Frank.

“We had a meeting last week with the editors and talked about the criticism and why we felt it could be deflected and agreed we would come with a detailed reaction later,” he said.

The book detailed the conclusions of a six-year investigation by around 20 historians, criminologists and data specialists into the mystery of how the Nazis found the hiding place of the famous tragic teen in 1944. 

Anne and seven other Jews were discovered by the Nazis on Aug. 4 of that year, after they had hidden for nearly two years in a secret annex above a canal-side warehouse in Amsterdam. All were deported, and Anne died in the Bergen-Belsen camp at age 15.

Her diary about life in hiding inspired millions of readers worldwide and has been translated into 60 languages.

With Post wires

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