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New Probe Seeks to Find Who Betrayed Anne Frank

New Probe Seeks to Find Who Betrayed Anne Frank
Anne Frank (Albert Nieboer/AP)

By    |   Monday, 02 October 2017 10:43 PM

A new investigation led by a retired FBI agent is seeking to use new techniques to determine who betrayed Anne Frank, her family, and others in their hiding place from the Nazis in World War II, The Guardian reported Monday.

The diary Anne kept of her experiences hiding with her Jewish family behind a bookcase in a warehouse in the Netherlands has made her one of the most famous victims of the Holocaust. She died in a concentration camp in 1945 at age 15.

Retired FBI agent Vince Pankoke began this past weekend leading a team of 19 forensic experts going through data to see if they can unravel the mystery that has eluded others over the decades.

The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam published a study of its own in December suggesting the Franks might have been found by chance, but is lending its archives to the new effort. The current probe is being filmed and shown online as it progresses.

Old and new evidence is being reviewed, including statements made by witnesses from previous investigations. But the new effort also has access to documents its predecessors did not.

Papers sent to the United States after the war have recently been declassified and are being looked over, though that can be a challenge.

"Some of them are water damaged or fire damaged, and they are in technical military German, so it's going to take a while," Pankoke said. "But we have found lists of names of Jews arrested having been betrayed, lists of informants and names of Gestapo agents who lived in Amsterdam. All that can go into the data store, and we can find connections."

Though German officials kept detailed records of arrests, it is thought those related to the Frank family were destroyed in 1944 during a British bombing raid.

"We are not trying to point fingers or prosecute," Pankoke said. "I am just trying to solve the last case of my career. There is no statute of limitation on the truth."

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A new investigation led by a retired FBI agent is seeking to use new techniques to determine who betrayed Anne Frank, her family, and others in their hiding place from the Nazis in World War II, The Guardian reported Monday.
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