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New Study Casts Doubt On Whether Anne Frank Was Betrayed

Research indicates Nazi raid in which teenage diarist was caught may have been part of probe into illegal labor or falsified ration coupons at house where she and other Jews hid

By Mike Corder | 17 December 2016

TIMES OF ISRAEL/AP — (THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS) Anne Frank may not have been betrayed to Nazi occupiers, but captured by chance.

A new study published Friday by the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam says that despite decades of research there is no conclusive evidence that the Jewish diarist and her family were betrayed to the Netherlands’ German occupiers during World War II, leading to their arrest and deportation.

Ronald Leopold, Executive Director of the Anne Frank House museum, said in a statement that new research by the museum “illustrates that other scenarios should also be considered.”

One theory is that the Aug. 4, 1944, raid that led to Anne’s arrest was part of an investigation into illegal labor or falsified ration coupons at the canal-side house where she and other Jews hid for just over two years. […]

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