A new study published Friday by the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam stated that despite decades of research, there is no evidence that Frank and her family were betrayed to the Netherlands’ German occupiers during World War II, leading to their arrest and deportation to concentration camps.
As reported by CBS News, Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank House museum, said new research by the museum shows that other scenarios should be considered.
Anne Frank recorded a diary of the two years her family and four others spent hiding in what had been her father’s company warehouse. Two of the people who helped hide them were arrested along with the eight occupants and sent to a concentration camp in the Netherlands.
It has been historically said that the occupants were turned in by an anonymous phone call to the German Security Service. It has also been reported that someone in or affiliated with it turned them in.
However, a new theory suggests that the Aug. 4, 1944, raid that led to their arrests could have been part of an investigation into illegal labor. The Anne Frank House said Anne’s diary entries, which were not previously used as a source, led to police and judicial documents from other parts of the Netherlands.
Of those arrested, only Anne’s father, Otto Frank, survived the Holocaust. Anne died of typhus in the spring of 1945 at the Bergen-Belsen concentration in Germany. She was 15 years old.