Posted on January 18, 2022 at 2:50 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The new book The Betrayal of Anne Frank purports to have solved this historical mystery.

But now that it’s out, after remaining under extremely tight wraps during the research and writing process, several scholars are expressing skepticism at its conclusions.

The New York Times spoke with historians and other experts, including the Anne Frank House’s executive director, who said that the investigative team's evidence was far from open-and-shut.

One researcher in particular questioned the idea that the Amsterdam Jewish Council would have truly kept a list of addresses where Jewish families hid.

Pieter van Twisk, the media producer who assembled the investigative team, responded that while no such list has ever been found, references to it exist.

Other researchers expressed concern that a theory identifying a Jewish man as the source of the leak would give credence to anti-Semitic tropes of Jewish people betraying each other.

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