Controversial book about Anne Frank withdrawn from sale in the Netherlands


A Dutch publisher decided on Wednesday to withdraw from sale a book that claimed that a Jewish notary revealed Anne Frank’s hiding place in Amsterdam, an investigation disputed by historians.

A group of six experts presented a report in Amsterdam on Tuesday rejecting the results of the investigation, heavily criticized since its conclusions were presented in January.

“Based on the findings of the report, we have decided that the book will no longer be available with immediate effect,” publisher Ambo Anthos said in a statement, asking booksellers to return copies they already have.

“We would like to once again offer our sincere apologies to those who have been offended by the content of the book,” he added.

The book “Who Betrayed Anne Frank?” by Canadian Rosemary Sullivan explains how Jewish notary Arnold van den Bergh allegedly revealed Anne Frank’s hiding place in 1944 in Amsterdam.

But according to the experts’ report presented on Tuesday, the investigation was based solely on assumptions and misinterpretations of the sources.

Anne Frank is best known for her diary, written between 1942 and 1944 while she and her family were hiding in a secret apartment in Amsterdam.

She was arrested in 1944 and died the following year, at the age of 15, in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.