Team of 23 Cold Case Investigators May Have Solved Mystery of Who Betrayed Anne Frank After Poring Over Files for Six Years — The Horrible Twist? The Suspect Was a Judas. He Was a Fellow Jew.

The investigation found Amsterdam businessman Arnold van den Bergh, pictured, revealed where the teenager was hiding

Huddled together with her family in a secret annexe, its entrance hidden behind a bookcase in an Amsterdam warehouse, 15-year-old Anne Frank confided to her diary her anxious hopes for final liberation — for future life.

‘Will this year, 1944, bring us victory? We don’t know yet,’ she wrote after hearing the BBC announce the D-Day landings on their wireless set.

‘But where there’s hope, there’s life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.’

But it wasn’t to be. Tragically, 1944 brought only capture and, a year later, death for the young Anne.

Otto Frank is pictured with his daughters Margot and Anne (sitting on his lap), circa 1931
Anne died of typhus at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in February 1945

While the Netherlands’ liberation by Allied forces began just the following month, on August 4 the Franks — along with four other Jewish people — were discovered after having successfully hidden from the Gestapo for two years.

Anne died of typhus at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in February 1945, days after the death of her sister, Margot. Their mother Edith had died that January — separated from her daughters in Auschwitz.

Pankoke, pictured right, had a team which included an investigative psychologist, a war crimes investigator, historians, criminologists plus several archival researchers
Anne Frank lived here in Amsterdam and hid with her parents to escape from the Nazis between June 1942 and August 4, 1944

Their father, Otto, was the only one to survive. And in 1947 he published Anne’s diary about their life in hiding, submitting to history arguably the most moving testament of World War II.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Tom Leonard