Study finds Anne Frank may not have been turned over to Nazis

A new study conducted by the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam revealed new evidence that the discovery of the Franks and deportation by the Nazis was not because of an informant but rather an investigation by chance.
"Other scenarios should also be considered" for the Frank family capture Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

The story of Anne Frank, the Jewish girl who hid and was apprehended with her family in the Netherlands by the Nazis, is considered one of the most famous and researched Holocaust stories. However, new research has revealed the possibility that the Franks were not actually betrayed by an informant, raising new speculations about their tragic story.

In a study published yesterday (Friday) by the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam, it was found that despite the widely accepted theory regarding their capture, there has been no evidence to suggest that Anne and her family were turned over to the Nazis during the Second World War. For years it was assumed that someone informed on the family members in hiding to the Nazis, yet this study claims otherwise.

Ronald Leopold, the museum's director, said this new study "illustrates that other scenarios should also be considered." One theory is that the August 4, 1944 raid that led to the family's arrest was part of an investigation into illegal labor or the production of counterfeit food stamps taking place in the building in which they were hiding.

The new study points to two men who were illegally working in the building where the Franks hid and dealing with illegal ration stamps. They were arrested earlier in 1944 for questioning and were later released, according to documents found in the Netherlands. These arrests were even mentioned in Anne's diary.

“A company where people were working illegally and two sales representatives were arrested for dealing in ration coupons obviously ran the risk of attracting the attention of the authorities,” the report says. “The possibility of betrayal has of course not been entirely ruled out by this, nor has any relationship between the ration coupon fraud and the arrest been proven, ... Clearly, the last word about that fateful summer day in 1944 has not yet been said.”

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