Monday, January 17, 2022

Who Betrayed Anne Frank?


A new book documents an investigation into who betrayed Anne Frank and her family. The book goes through several suspects and decides that one suspect is more likely than others. The New York Times writes

Eventually the team wends its way to Arnold van den Bergh, a prosperous Jewish Dutch notary fingered in an anonymous letter to Otto Frank that was uncovered in the 1963 investigation and is given new forensic scrutiny in these pages. The argument the investigators make for van den Bergh’s culpability is convincing, if not conclusive.

Polish readers may be interested in this because accusers, like Andrew Kornbluth, author of The August Trials, insist that Polish essence is responsible for Polish crimes committed during the Holocaust. Some respond by mentioning Jewish betrayers and Jewish collaborators. No one says that they committed crimes because  of some corrupt Jewish essence. Rather, they committed crimes because the Nazi occupation created a Hell on earth that made human dysfunction inevitable. 

Read about "The Betrayal of Anne Frank" here.  

Thanks to Jerzy for bringing this book to our attention. 


  1. Nazi carnival 1952, Western Germany.

  2. Canadian Army major:
    Note 1: all death camps were located in Poland.

    the Death Camps law

    Historian Marci Shore provides a
    similar yet more descriptive statement of the real aim of PiS:
    (my comment - the law has been modiefed by Solidarna Polska party, not by the PiS)

    virulent nationalism and self-glorification

    The PiS government has rashly thrown a shroud of nationalism over "Poland’s ugly past" by instituting the Death Camps law.

  3. Bad book, apology. Jan Grabowski never apologizes.


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