Feb 01, 2022
By Christine Ross
A Dutch publisher has stopped printing a book about Anne Frank amid questions about its research.
The Betrayal of Anne Frank by Canadian author Rosemary Sullivan released last month, has attracted world wide attention with the claim that investigators had named a Jewish notary — Arnold van den Bergh — as the man who betrayed Frank.
But many Holocaust and World War II experts criticized the findings saying they were full of errors.
Author Rosemary Sullivan spoke with Libby Znaimer recently on the Zoomer Week In Review about the cold case investigation using modern methods.
“The cold case team at one time was about 23 people and they uploaded data onto an artificial intelligence platform and suddenly they could cross reference and find connection between people, addresses, dates policemen who were on a raid,” said Sullivan.
The publisher says its own authors should have taken a more “critical stance” on the publication and are awaiting answers from the researchers before printing more books and have apologized to anyone offended by the book.
The book detailed the conclusions of a six-year cold case investigation into the mystery of how the Nazis found the hiding place of the famous diarist in 1944.
The team included a retired FBI agent, historians, and criminologists.
Among those questioning the research are the foundation set up by Anne Frank’s father, historian Erik Somers of the Dutch Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies.