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Dutch Publishers Apologise for Inaccurate Anne Frank Book

By February 2, 2022New Releases, News

Dutch publishing house, Ambo Anthos, has apologised for the publication of a book detailing the family who were suspected of betraying the Frank family.

The team researching for the book had suggested that a Jewish man called Arnold van den Bergh was responsible for giving away the location of Anne Frank and her family.

Anne’s diary was published in 1947, after her death in a Nazi concentration camp, and has since been translated into over 40 languages, and studied in schools.

Anne Frank and her family spent two years hiding from the Nazis until they were discovered.

The controversial book was researched by an investigation team made up of historians and an ex-FBI agent, who spent 6 years trying to work out who would have told the Nazis where to find the Frank family.

Since its publication a Swiss-based Anne Frank Fund told the Swiss press that the investigation was flawed and the book was “full of errors”.

The Dutch publisher has since told the book’s Canadian author, Rosemary Sullivan, that they should have taken a more “critical stance” on the book.

“We await the answers from the researchers to the questions that have emerged and are delaying the decision to print another run,” it said.

“We offer our sincere apologies to anyone who might feel offended by the book.”

One of the investigators involved in the book, Pieter van Twisk, said he was confused by the email and was not made aware of how publisher Ambo Anthos felt about how the book had been received.

He added that he and the rest of the team of investigators had never said that they had discovered the absolute truth. He instead said that the theory they came up with had a “probability percentage of at least 85%”.



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