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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?

More than 30 million people have read The Diary of a Young Girl, the journal teenaged 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 more than 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. 

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.  

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Rosemary Sullivan (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Part of The Final Solution-End of European Jews

Ironically I was finishing this book on January 20th, 2022--this was the 80th Anniversary of "The Wannsee Conference"--"the organizational, logistical and material steps for a final solution of the Jewish question in Europe". It was attended in a lakeside villa outside Berlin by 15 high ranking Nazi officials. Cognac and hors d'ouevres were served. Apparently the meeting took ONLY 90 minutes! The plan was to rid Europe of 11 million Jews. Murder was never mentioned.
Whether or not the author and investigators have reached a proper conclusion is somewhat irrelevant--this book has a particular resonance with rising anti-semitic crimes, far right extremism, and terrorism threatening democracy.
The details that the author discloses are crushing and devastating to read. It is imperative that the memories and recollections of these events are never forgotten--a very important read!

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A very interesting summary of how a cold case investigation is performed

‘The Betrayal of Anne Frank’ is more interesting on finding out how a cold case investigation is performed than on the actual results, which are non conclusive. I found the book as a very interesting, alternative way to know more about Anne Frank’s and the nazis’ atrocities in the Netherlands. Clearly, undertaking a project to discover a betrayal that took place in 1944 is no small task and the book is very explicit about the challenges faced by the investigators. I understand that there’s a documentary in the making and look forward to catching that as well!

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PLEASE READ THIS BOOK

Just finished and I'm going to reread just to make sure it isn't about USA - today's world

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A must read!

Increidble behind the scenes details of a heartbroken father who lost his beloved family! We are so blessed to learn from Anne’s story. It was very interesting to see how the team came to the conclusion that they did. I learned so much! The reader was freat with pronunciation of foreign words.

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History and Mystery in fascinating depth

The reader was very clear and easy to listen to. The content is a valuable and interesting contribution to an understanding of that particular time & place in history, as well as great detective work.

The book was extremely detailed, thought provoking, and captivating.

The one addition I would have greatly appreciated would have been available illustrations, maps, photos of documentation, etc of things referred to in the book.

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Stunning

The Narrator did an amazing job of making mundane facts intriguing! I'm not sure I could have finished this book if I had read it myself!

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A compelling experience connecting the dots.

Loved the way it presented the big picture of the time. Keep thier memory eternal.

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Highly Recommend

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. It is packed with knowledge and information and brought me to tears in the end.

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Heart breaking conclusion

The investigative leads brought about a very likely, but painful, conclusion. One now realizes that the holocaust cost even more than millions of lives.

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Left me breathless

Can Julia Whelan narrate everything please?

I listened to the audiobook version of THE BETRAYAL OF ANNE FRANK mesmerized by the story. Although the book is no longer on sale I Holland because the conclusion cannot be proven, that’s not the important aspect of this nonfiction forensic examination of who, if anyone, turned the Franks and their attic co-inhabitants into the nazis.

I learned so much history from THE BETRAYAL OF ANNE FRANK. I hadn’t known an estimated 25,000 Jews hid in basements and attics of the Dutch or that Holland lost nearly 170,000 Jews to the death camps, a mere 5000 survived. Surrounded by sea on two sides, occupied Belgium on one and Germany on another, Jews had few ways of escape.

The premise that someone “betrayed” the Franks seems unfair. Holland was occupied and the Dutch lived in poverty, hunger and fear during those years. Residents could get money or favor for turning in Jews. Others were threatened with jail. Who knows what any of us would have done to keep our children from starving? We all want to think *we* would be brave enough to have hidden Anne in our attics, shared our meager rations and risked death for twenty-five months, but we can never be certain.

If you’re at all interested in investigation, the parts of the book that detail the exhaustive research and how much paperwork existed even after the war will fascinate you. They left no stone unturned.

I don’t know how Whelan narrated the story without bursting into tears.