The AFH has published (online) a “new” theory that the people hiding in the secret annexe may not have been betrayed at all. Frankly, there is nothing new about this theory. The serious investigators, such as Muller, did not claim that there was a betrayer, just that betrayal was one good theory. A significant reward was offered for finding hidden Jews during the German occupation of The Netherlands. The real story of the cause of the raid is unknown. People investigate possible betrayers, because it is important to find out what the real story was. Seven lives perished – why? That is the real question at the root, not a vengeance thirst. Curiosity and tenacity to find the truth is a laudable human characteristic. When we learn the truth, we have a better hope of moving forward making better choices and recognizing potential problems. The article’s point is a good one, but not nearly as dramatic or new a supposition as they present it. “But no one has cast serious doubts about the betrayal theory — until now.” Absurd.
The article: http://www.annefrank.org/arrest
(Thanks to both a co-worker and my NL contact for telling me about this.)
Happy New Year — here is a much more detailed look at this theory, with researchers and authors of Anne Frank books commenting about this “new” research.
Thanks to my NL contact for this link!
A page from a school autograph book Anne Frank filled out just a few months before going into hiding (written to a sister of her friend, Jacque) was put up on auction. The buyer paid $148,000 (USD).
New York Times article
(Thanks to my NL contact for this info/link!)
Bloeme Evers recently died. She had just recently turned 90 years old. I have a brief summary of her fascinating life story in that link. Here is where the death information came from: news item (in Dutch).
Auschwitz is one of the places where Bloeme Evers knew the Franks. Pope Francis recently visited that concentration camp, where Anne and the rest hidden in the Annexe were taken after the raid on their hiding place. Some of them died there, or were murdered outright. Others were sent elsewhere where they died. Only Anne’s father, Otto, survived. BBC News covered the Pope’s visit. He was speechless.
The Magic of The Diary of Anne Frank will air on the Denver area’s alternative Public Broadcasting System station, channel 12.1 at 7PM on Wed, May 18th. It lasts an hour. The link below includes a 30-second promo. It sounds like a talking heads documentary with a lot of old photos and other such context presented. People, including famous people, speak about what her diary means to them. [8-1-2016 I liked this very good documentary, it was much better than the trite commentary I pessimistically expected. SM]
After that documentary, Run Boy Run (2014) will air (8pm): it is a dramatization of a true story of a young Jewish refugee during WWII (length: about
an hour 2 hours). It is closely based on the 2003 novel of the same name, which itself is based on a true story. The boy was only 9 years old and on his own in Nazi-occupied Poland. [8-1-2016 It was very intense and compelling. I highly recommend it. A note is it’s all in Polish, with English subtitles. SM]
Here is a link to more info on Run Boy Run:
If you are not in the Denver area: though don’t see a full length video of either movie online, I do see Run Boy Run in my public library as a DVD. You can check your library (and interlibrary loan) if interested in that documentary.
No, it is not a signed Diary of a Young Girl book — that would be impossible. Apparently Anne had this Grimm’s Fairy Tales book and signed it or printed her name as a signal of her ownership, the book was not taken into hiding. By whatever route from there, the book landed in a used book shop in Amsterdam where “a couple” bought it. They did not realize the significance of the name until 1977: their children recognized the name. They wrote to Otto Frank, Anne’s father, who was the only surviving member of Anne’s immediate family. He replied by mail that they could keep it.
The book and Otto’s letter are both up for auction in May, by Swann Auction Galleries. I find nothing on their site about this.
CNBC News article about this.