The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation - book cover
  • Publisher : Harper
  • Published : 18 Jan 2022
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN-10 : 0062892355
  • ISBN-13 : 9780062892355
  • Language : English

The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation

Less a mystery unsolved than a secret well kept...

Using new technology, recently discovered documents and sophisticated investigative techniques, an international team-led by an obsessed retired FBI agent-has finally solved the mystery that has haunted generations since World War II: Who betrayed Anne Frank and her family? And why?

Over thirty million people have read The Diary of a Young Girl, the journal teen-aged Anne Frank kept while living in an attic with her family and four other people in Amsterdam during World War II, until the Nazis arrested them and sent them to a concentration camp. But despite the many works-journalism, books, plays and novels-devoted to Anne's story, none has ever conclusively explained how these eight people managed to live in hiding undetected for over two years-and who or what finally brought the Nazis to their door.

With painstaking care, retired FBI agent Vincent Pankoke and a team of indefatigable investigators pored over tens of thousands of pages of documents-some never before seen-and interviewed scores of descendants of people familiar with the Franks. Utilizing methods developed by the FBI, the Cold Case Team painstakingly pieced together the months leading to the infamous arrest-and came to a shocking conclusion. 

The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation is the riveting story of their mission. Rosemary Sullivan introduces us to the investigators, explains the behavior of both the captives and their captors and profiles a group of suspects. All the while, she vividly brings to life wartime Amsterdam: a place where no matter how wealthy, educated, or careful you were, you never knew whom you could trust. 

Editorial Reviews

"Sullivan's narrative, full of twists and turns and dead-end leads, commands attention at every page, dramatic without being sensational." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Hums with living history, human warmth and indignation….Sullivan circles all of these possibilities like Agatha Christie with Zoom and a time machine." -- New York Times

"The Betrayal of Anne Frank is a stunning piece of historical detective work, cleverly structured and grippingly written." -- Telegraph (UK)

Readers Top Reviews

Interesting, however please note the date of Victor Kugler’s death is written in the book as 1989 which is incorrect. Victor Kugler died in December1981 at Etobicoke General Hospital, Toronto, Ontario Canada. Hopefully future printings of this book will reflect the correct date as it is important. See attached photo.
So far so not so good. First off some pages were so light to be almost unreadable. A couple three chapters in I notice facts re-stated multiple times. The writing has no flow or content organization thus far. A better editor might have helped. I will struggle a bit more hopeful for improvement.
California Dreamingl
Instead of profiting off Anne Frank's name, the author could have left this alone, as Otto Frank wanted, or donated all proceeds to Yad Vashem, or the Holocaust Museam. One of the two major groups that Otto Frank founded refused to cooperate, citing the author using Anne's name for profit. The accused informant, and the Frank family, didn't deserve this exploitaion. Today, the New York Times has an article entitled "Scholars Doubt New Theory on Anne Frank’s Betrayal", referring to this book. Among other rebuttals, they state that it was an extremely unlikely possibility that anyone would have a list of hiding places. Much of Sullivan's theory is based upon this supposition. Anne Frank's legacy, and that of other victims of war, deserve more than a well-funded, yet very speculative, documentary and book, which only enriches themselves, but unfairly denigrates others.

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