In The Betrayal of Anne Frank, based on six years of investigation, he allegedly found the man who should have revealed where Anne Frank and her family hid during World War II.
Now the publisher Ambo Anthos apologizes and writes the newspaper Watchman.
The publisher decided to stop printing more copies of the book until they had done more work with the basic claims in the book.
The publisher acknowledges that they should have taken a more critical stance regarding the investigation in connection with the book’s publication.
He claimed he wanted to save himself
The book, which is based on six years of research compiled by a group hired by retired FBI detective Vince Bangkok, received a lot of attention when it was published on January 18 this year.
Among other things, Pankoke was interviewed for CBS 60 Minutes, who said that the man they thought had revealed where the Frank family was hiding had done so to save himself.
“He had to give the Nazis something precious to keep him and his wife safe,” Bangkok said in the interview..
A group of investigators said he was part of the Amsterdam Jewish Council, an organization set up by the Nazis to administer Jewish lands.
After the interview with CBS 60 Minutes, a number of newspapers wrote that one now likely knows who revealed the fun city of Anne Frank.
NRK also wrote about this. Status has now been updated with new information.
I got a lot of criticism
After the book was published, many historians and scholars questioned the central theory that it was Arnold van den Berg who had failed Anne Frank and her family.
Critics asked in particular that the man, as a member of the “Jewish Council of Amsterdam”, might have had access to the cities where the Jews hid.
Investigative leader Vince Bangkok He previously said that the purpose of the investigation was not to point the finger at anyone or bring anyone to court.
– I’m just trying to solve the last case in my career. He said that there is no statute of limitations for the truth.
Apart from Pankoke, most of the 19 investigators who worked on the investigation are from the Netherlands.
Among other things, they reconstruct the day of the arrest of Anne Frank and her family.
Hide behind the hidden door
The Frank family hid with four other Jews for the Nazis behind a hidden door in a house from 1942 until 1944.
There they were discovered in the same year.
After the Frank family’s arrest, Anne (15) and her sister Margot (19) died of typhus at the Bergen-Belsen death camp in February 1945. Mora was murdered at Auschwitz.
Anne Frank wrote in her diary how she experienced the escape as a Jew at the time Hitler occupied Europe.
Her diary later became the book “Anne Frank’s Diary”.
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