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Anne Frank’s hiding place revealed to Nazis by notary, research shows

The Amsterdam hiding place of Anne Frank and her family while they were being persecuted by the Nazis was very probably betrayed by a Jewish notary, according to new research.

Amsterdam, 17 January 2022 (dpa/MIA) — The Amsterdam hiding place of Anne Frank and her family while they were being persecuted by the Nazis was very probably betrayed by a Jewish notary, according to new research.

This is the conclusion of an investigative team that presented its findings to Dutch media on Monday. According to the report, the notary Arnold van den Bergh had handed over a list of hiding places of Jews in Amsterdam to the German occupiers in order to save the lives of his own family.

For five years, an international cold case team had investigated the case using the latest techniques.

The main evidence is a copy of an anonymous letter that Anne’s father Otto Frank had received in 1946. The name of the notary is mentioned in it. The original letter has disappeared, but a copy was found in the Amsterdam city archives.

According to the investigators, this lead had never been investigated in detail before.

The Jewish Frank family and four other people lived in hiding in a house in Amsterdam from 1942 to 1944. Anne (1929-45) wrote her world-famous diary there.

In August 1944, the hiding place was revealed to the Nazis. The family were deported to concentration camps and murdered. Only the father survived.

The notary was a member of the Jewish Council, so he had many contacts and was initially protected from deportation. But in 1944 this protection fell away and in desperation he is said to have betrayed the hiding places in order to save his wife, his three daughters and himself.

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