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The Betrayal of Anne Frank
The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation | Rosemary Sullivan
Using new technology, recently discovered documents and sophisticated investigative techniques, an international team-led by an obsessed retired FBI agent-has finally solved the mystery that has haunted generations since World War II: Who betrayed Anne Frank and her family? And why? Over thirty million people have read The Diary of a Young Girl, the journal teen-aged Anne Frank kept while living in an attic with her family and four other people in Amsterdam during World War II, until the Nazis arrested them and sent them to a concentration camp. But despite the many works-journalism, books, plays and novels-devoted to Anne's story, none has ever conclusively explained how these eight people managed to live in hiding undetected for over two years-and who or what finally brought the Nazis to their door. With painstaking care, retired FBI agent Vincent Pankoke and a team of indefatigable investigators pored over tens of thousands of pages of documents-some never before seen-and interviewed scores of descendants of people familiar with the Franks. Utilizing methods developed by the FBI, the Cold Case Team painstakingly pieced together the months leading to the infamous arrest-and came to a shocking conclusion. The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation is the riveting story of their mission. Rosemary Sullivan introduces us to the investigators, explains the behavior of both the captives and their captors and profiles a group of suspects. All the while, she vividly brings to life wartime Amsterdam: a place where no matter how wealthy, educated, or careful you were, you never knew whom you could trust.
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This book was a very interesting read… I don‘t usually read these kinds of books, but it was easy for me to imagine it as a mystery novel and go on with it. It took me the LONGEST time to read this, in fact, I hadn‘t opened the book for days due to no motivation, but I finished it through yesterday evening and today morning. This may be because at some point, it got really boring, repeating unnecessary information, but I‘ll give it: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Completed the tagged book and my puzzle! 🎧 🧩 #MarvellousMay

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 3mo
ShyBookOwl Omg I LOVE this 3mo
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EvieBee Gorgeous! 3mo
Hooked_on_books What a fantastic puzzle! I was wondering if this book was still around or not. I read a few weeks ago that it had been recalled by the publisher. 3mo
MatchlessMarie @Hooked_on_books oh wow I hadn‘t heard that. I know throughout the book they talk about difficulty getting permissions for certain things but I may want to check that out 😳 3mo
Hooked_on_books This is a pretty good rundown of it. Looks like it was only recalled in the Netherlands. https://amp.theguardian.com/books/2022/mar/23/anne-frank-dutch-publisher-recalls... 3mo
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JenReadsAlot
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Interesting book. I visited the Anne Frank house on a trip to Europe years ago. My #doublespin for April @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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Sharpeipup
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😍 beautiful endpapers are a great way to start this book.

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Crystal83
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I really enjoyed reading this book!!!! I found it fascinating on how they went back to see who might have betrayed the families living in the annex. I gave this book a 4/5 stars!!!!

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This is definitely a pick, but with caveats. If you‘re okay with an ending that can‘t be proven then this is the book for you.

It‘s incredibly heartbreaking. I slowly tandem read and listened to this for THREE weeks because it‘s intense. Many people say…what could you do? It was wartime. But is that enough? Is self-preservation ever justification for betrayal? I think nots. ? #truecrime

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Tamra Raises all kinds of thought provoking questions! 5mo
EvieBee @Tamra It does! I enjoyed it immensely but my husband, who was listening to my rants throughout, said he couldn‘t handle all the leads fizzling out. That‘s what I liked most! It‘s a puzzle. 5mo
Tamra @EvieBee indeed, that‘s the hook! 5mo
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limada
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I never really stopped to consider who may have been responsible for the raid on the Frank's hiding annex. It was war - people did strange things for survival. This book provided so much insight into how situations like this could happen. There were so many variables. It's still sad so many years later. #19-2022

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She writes: Over time an estimated two hundred to three hundred people managed to hide in the zoo. You can't help thinking: the animals provided shelter while many humans did not.

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I wasn't aware of the controversy with this book until after I finished it. And while I can understand the upset, I feel the investigators and author did a good job from the beginning of establishing that they were only following the evidence.

There's a lot of information and techniques discussed in this cold case that I found fascinating. It makes me want to re-read The Diary of Anne Frank now.

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Billie84
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Excellent read. A international team solves the mystery of who betrayed Anne frank and her family and the others who were hiding in the annex. With new technology and recently discovered documents and investigative techniques they answer the question.

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Well since reading this much of it has been discredited. So disappointed.

tpixie There‘s been a lot of controversy over this book, I just heard about in the news. (edited) 6mo
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This book was really well-written; it is certainly a page turner. As I was finishing it the publisher apologised and said they wouldn‘t print any more books until they had questioned the claims more closely.

Whilst I don‘t think anyone can ever definitively know if the Cold Case team have found the ‘betrayer‘, I felt that the team were quite clear from the start that they also weren‘t 100% sure, and also took care to get Jewish views ⬇️

squirrelbrain ⬆️ on what would happen if the betrayer was proven to be Jewish. They also referred to other books that had come up with different names in the past, so this book is just one of many. I can only think that the family of the man named must have complained to the publisher? What do you think of this? @LeahBergen @Tamra @Leftcoastzen 6mo
Tamra @squirrelbrain I agree with your review. I haven‘t read the publisher‘s statement yet - thanks for clueing me in! I think we need to keep everything and everyone in context. This was not a normal time and normal standards don‘t apply. 6mo
Tamra I pray this isn‘t a cheap publicity ploy to sell more books. 😒 6mo
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squirrelbrain Oh gosh, I hope not @Tamra 🤨 6mo
LeahBergen Great review and I totally agree. I‘ve read several of the other books named in this one and took their theories as I did the one in this book - with a grain of salt, that is. I found it an interesting read with some cool new ways of investigating historic forensics. 6mo
Cinfhen From what I understand @Tamra @LeahBergen @squirrelbrain The information used to determine the culprit is purely still 💯 speculation and by naming a member of the Jewish council as the “bad guy” reinforces negative stereotypes of Jews as self-serving and devious. It sort of takes away from the horror of Jews as victims. I can understand the controversy. 6mo
squirrelbrain I completely understand that @Cinfhen and I can see how it would reinforce stereotypes for those who already have that perspective on Jews, but I didn‘t find the book ‘sensationalist‘ in that way; the research was quite balanced and they almost didn‘t want the outcome that they got. I also found interesting the research on whether Otto Frank knew who it was who had betrayed his family, and why, if at all, he was trying to protect them. 6mo
squirrelbrain And of course, that‘s all coming from my perspective of not a huge amount of knowledge on the subject, and I certainly haven‘t taken the book to be completely factual; obviously there are facts in there but the viewpoint is one opinion only. I‘d be interested to read some of the other books too @LeahBergen @Cinfhen 6mo
Cinfhen I‘m still interested in reading the book 6mo
Tamra @Cinfhen I can appreciate the concern as well. 6mo
LeahBergen @Cinfhen I totally get it and I can understand why it‘s controversial. Even the investigators (as mentioned in the book) are hesitant at the onset of their research and consult a rabbi as to what they should do if the “betrayer” turned out to be Jewish. I‘ll be super interested in your take on the book if you do read it! 😘 6mo
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1. Tagged
2. Working on it…⬇️
3. To Paradise

Beautiful graphic! @Eggs #WondrousWednesday

Want to play @TheRiehlDeal @bthegood @MaureenMc ?

MaureenMc Thanks for the tag! 😊 6mo
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Despite objections from the Anne Frank House,the cold case detectives did a lot of work & add plenty to the conversation.Do I think it‘s definitive ? So much time has passed, people who could have been questioned are gone.The war & the Holocaust were some of the most difficult & horrible of times ,there were resistance fighters ,double agents, & I‘m sure people who did terrible things they could not imagine doing ,until faced w/death themselves.

Tamra Agree with your review. 👍🏾 6mo
LeahBergen I agree, too. I certainly don‘t think it‘s definitive but it sure got me thinking! 6mo
Tamra @LeahBergen I‘m still thinking about it! 🤔 6mo
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LeahBergen @Tamra Me, too! 6mo
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Tamra
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Another piece in the puzzle that makes for a fascinating read! I‘m impressed with the dedication of the investigative team.

It is also a reminder the price of war is atrocious.

Now I‘ll go read about the controversy surrounding the book without fear of spoilers. 😏

squirrelbrain Just started this…. 6mo
Tamra @squirrelbrain now I want someone to chat with, but that‘s difficult without spoilers! 6mo
squirrelbrain Give me a few days Tamra and then we can! 😁 (Although it‘s quite long isn‘t it?) I think that @LeahBergen is also reading it…. 6mo
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Tamra @squirrelbrain yes! It will be interesting to share. I hope my brain retains some details - bc I‘ll be returning my library copy. 6mo
LeahBergen @Tamra @squirrelbrain I should be finished sometime today! 6mo
Tamra @squirrelbrain @LeahBergen here is a 60 Minutes recap when you finish reading. It was nice to see faces & hear voices! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1pO_nERBqKo (edited) 6mo
LeahBergen Dang. It says the video is not available in my country. Thanks though as I hunted around and found some clips anyway. 👍 And yes, I‘ve finished the book now! I managed to avoid all spoilers, too. 😆 6mo
LeahBergen What did you think of the big reveal and the controversy surrounding it? I checked out the statement from the Anne Frank House and found it to be as expected: a carefully worded piece that reminds us all that we will probably never know the full truth. 6mo
LeahBergen I also don‘t think this book is any more controversial than the previous ones I‘ve read, that also theorize who the betrayer could have been(Muller‘s biography of Anne or Carol Ann Lee‘s bio of Otto). Do you? 6mo
Tamra @LeahBergen oh shoot! I‘m sorry, I wish that weren‘t the case. 6mo
Tamra @LeahBergen well, it was sort of anticlimactic for me - no “taadaa” moment. I suppose that is reality. I agree with your assessment of the AF House statement. I don‘t think the team though presented its findings as conclusive proof either - it is a circumstantial based theory. That doesn‘t bother me. (edited) 6mo
Tamra @LeahBergen I haven‘t read those bios, but this didn‘t seem very controversial to me. 🤷🏾‍♀️ It is simply one possibility and one that doesn‘t seem too far fetched. 6mo
Tamra @LeahBergen it is puzzling, Otto‘s assumed secrecy. If true, I have to wonder if he allowed that perhaps he too would have done the same in AB‘s circumstance. It‘s simply horrible to contemplate for anyone. Then once AB is dead there is no point in pursuing the matter and would only bring pain to the family. The team is correct that ultimately it is the Nazi regime that is responsible for this and all the other tragedies. (edited) 6mo
LeahBergen I was thinking the exact same thing about Otto‘s secrecy and it totally made me think how low I would go to save my own children or family members. It‘s horrifying. I also agree that I‘m okay with another theory being put out there and like you said, it‘s a theory that might have some merit. I do wonder about the existence of these “lists”, though. They seem pretty feasible to me. And that note! What did you make of the note? 6mo
Tamra @LeahBergen both the list and the note raise so many questions! Lists seem like a reasonable possibility given the administrative monster the Nazis employed. (For example the bounty receipts.) I can see how lists could become a form of currency. The note raises lots of questions for me. Where is the original, who provided it & why, its veracity (maybe someone‘s vendetta against AB, something maybe Otto pondered?) etc. What are your thoughts? (edited) 6mo
Tamra @LeahBergen what do you think about the Swiss AF organization‘s refusal to cooperate with the investigation? Seems suspicious. Perhaps they are caught in an ethical quandary, if in fact Otto didn‘t want the secret revealed. This is the problem with secrecy and all of the atrocities committed - anything and everything seems possible. 😬 6mo
LeahBergen I was wondering if when Otto first received that note (if it was indeed in 1945 which is questionable?), he didn‘t take it quite so seriously as he already had his own theories as to who betrayed them? The warehouse workers, etc? And I was stymied by the response of the AF org in Basel! The Anne Frank org in Amsterdam offered to help immediately. All I could think was it must have had something to do with one being the corporate arm and the other 6mo
LeahBergen being the public face (the Anne Frank House, that is) of her legacy? Who knows? So many questions! 😆 6mo
Tamra @LeahBergen yes, I agree Otto may have discredited the note. Good point about the functions of the organizations, I didn‘t catch that angle. Indeed there are so many questions! 🤔 6mo
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Billie84
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Going to start this today. Watched the 60 minute episode about it so thought I would pick up a copy of the book

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Hello weekend reading! 👏🏾

The library must have ordered more copies because it was supposed to be a long wait. 😄

CoverToCoverGirl I really want to read this one! 6mo
Tamra @CoverToCoverGirl I won‘t give any spoilers! 😅 6mo
LeahBergen I‘m reading it right now, too! 👍 6mo
Tamra @LeahBergen I‘ve only read the first couple of chapter and I‘m sucked in! 😅 6mo
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My current read and I‘m finding it compelling so far.

I pretty much buy any new book that comes out about Anne Frank, though, so I may not be the most impartial judge. 😆

merelybookish You have quite a collection! This new one has been getting lots of buzz! 6mo
BookBabe Ditto @merelybookish ‘s comment! I still remember reading The Diary of Anne Frank in 6th grade. 6mo
squirrelbrain My hold on Libby just came through for this! 6mo
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LeahBergen @merelybookish It has and I‘ve been avoiding reviews and such until I‘ve read it. You know how that is. 😆 6mo
LeahBergen @BookBabe That‘s the age I was when I first read it, too. 😊 6mo
LeahBergen @squirrelbrain Oh, good! As I read more of it I‘m realizing that it‘s written for people who already know quite a bit about the basic story and it‘s aftermath. It‘s quite fascinating in its description of new methods of historical forensics. 6mo
squirrelbrain We just watched an amazing documentary on the BBC (can you get that in Canada?). Not specifically about Anne Frank, but about Holocaust survivors. Prince Charles commissioned 6 portraits of them. Devastating testimony but fabulous portraits. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-60088598 6mo
LeahBergen Oh, thanks! I‘ll have a look to see if I can find that. We don‘t get BBC but we subscribe to a couple of British channels and streaming services. @squirrelbrain (edited) 6mo
Tamra The methods and processes of the forensics were fascinating to learn about. 6mo
LeahBergen @Tamra Yes! That AI program and the maps showing all the overlap of informers was so interesting. 6mo
EvieBee I loved Mueller‘s book so much, but after reading this one, I have so many others to acquire! 😩🤓🥸 5mo
LeahBergen @EvieBee I know! I buy any new ones I can find. 5mo
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I found the history and the cold case forensic search details interesting. This is paced well and lays out a logical argument for the investigation‘s conclusion and therefore worth reading. I have also read the statement from the Anne Frank House disputing the findings and come to the conclusion that short of an actual confession, the mystery will remain unsolved - everyone has “evidence” to prove their theory, but no one living really KNOWS.

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The cold case team‘s conclusion is far from a certainty, but rather what they believe to be the most likely scenario based on the historical evidence. Fascinating to follow their process and enjoyed learning more about wartime Amsterdam.

Mirazzles I‘m waiting for this one to arrive! I can‘t wait to finally read it! 6mo
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#bookmail So glad this new release arrived in time for the weekend. Diving in!

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It came yesterday.I unboxed it , but had myself a busy day and fell asleep without even cracking it open . There is that interesting 60 minutes segment from Sunday that @Blueberry mentioned .

TheBookHippie Did you read the Anne Frank House statement? 7mo
Tamra Want to read! What a thrilling provocative blurb! 7mo
Leftcoastzen @TheBookHippie just did , doesn‘t make me not want to read it. 7mo
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TheBookHippie @Leftcoastzen I was just curious. I didn‘t mean you shouldn‘t read it. 7mo
Amiable It was an interesting segment on “CBS Sunday Morning.” I watched it. But now I know how the book ends. 😀 7mo
Leftcoastzen @TheBookHippie It‘s really hard not to be interested especially since Anne Franks diary was really most kids of the older generations first exposure to the Holocaust, unless you were Jewish.I have a friend who‘s grandparents fled Germany, were stuck in China for a time before finally making it to the U.S. it still has an ability to shock me to the core,man‘s ability to try to perpetuate & justify genocide. 7mo
TheBookHippie @Leftcoastzen I get that. It‘s been an interesting discussion. I had a long discussion over zoom with friends last night on who won‘t read it and who will and why or why not. I‘ve not decided yet, but I do agree being Jewish- it‘s a different experience at least for me. Her book is a favourite of all time of mine. It is interesting Otto Franks perspective. I get that. Who can judge. Let me know what you think. 7mo
LeahBergen My copy has shipped! 👍 7mo
EvieBee I did the exact same thing lol! So pumped for this. Got audio, kindle and my hold from the library. But nada thereafter lol! 7mo
Tamra @EvieBee my library hold says “several months” wait. 😢 7mo
Leftcoastzen @Tamra wow, sometimes they decide to get more copies when that happens. 7mo
Tamra @Leftcoastzen I hope so! 🤞🏾 7mo
EvieBee @Tamra Yes! I‘ve been surprised many times like @Leftcoastzen said. 7mo
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