Emile Schrijver, the director of Amsterdam’s Jewish Cultural Quarter, mentioned he bought an advance copy of the e-book late final week. “The proof is much too skinny to accuse somebody,” he mentioned. “This is a gigantic accusation that they made utilizing a load of assumptions, however it’s actually primarily based on nothing greater than a snippet of data.”
By Tuesday, after specialists on Anne Frank, World Conflict II and the Holocaust had an opportunity to contemplate the findings, many mentioned they doubted the e-book’s concept.
“They got here up with new data that must be investigated additional, however there’s completely no foundation for a conclusion,” mentioned Ronald Leopold, the Anne Frank Home’s government director. He added that the museum wouldn’t be presenting the findings as truth, however maybe as one in every of a number of theories, together with others which have been thought-about through the years.
“The Betrayal of Anne Frank” says that van den Bergh had a listing of Jews in hiding that he bought from the Amsterdam Jewish Council, a company on whose board he as soon as sat. The Nazi administration within the Netherlands established the council in 1941 to manage the Jewish inhabitants, appointing its leaders from different Jewish organizations that they banned. The council’s employees got stamps of their id playing cards that forestalled their deportation, till 1943, when the group was disbanded and its staff arrested.
However there is no such thing as a proof that the council had any such checklist, mentioned Laurien Vastenhout, a researcher on the NIOD Institute for Conflict, Holocaust and Genocide Research, who’s an knowledgeable on the Amsterdam Jewish Council’s historical past. “Why would the folks in hiding present the Jewish Council with their addresses?” Vastenhout mentioned.
Leopold, the Anne Frank Home director, mentioned he had heard rumors that the council could have stored lists of addresses, “however solely from unreliable sources.” He added, “The Jewish Council was beneath particular scrutiny from the occupying forces,” and that “it will be very, very dangerous to maintain lists like that.”
Van Twisk confirmed that his staff has not discovered a listing. However, he added, “we’ve a number of sources that point out the existence of the lists.”