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May 18, 2017

Who betrayed famous scofflaw Anne Frank?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — furtherglory @ 8:51 am

Why was Anne Frank a scofflaw, you ask?

During World War II, the Germans required Jews to register, so that the Germans could keep track of them. The Jews were the enemies of the Germans during World War II. The Germans didn’t want the Jews to be fighting, as civilians, against Germany. That’s why the Jews were sent to concentration camps.

Otto Frank was a criminal, who did not want to register, because he would have gone to prison, if he had registered.  Otto had been committing a crime by cheating his banking customers. Otto’s brother, who was also cheating his banking customers,  managed to escape to America before he was arrested as a criminal, but Otto didn’t make it.  Otto Frank literally “missed the boat”.

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.history.com/news/ask-history/who-betrayed-anne-frank

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Anne Frank’s father Otto—the only member of the family to survive their subsequent deportation to the concentration camps—was among the first to assert that a betrayal had led to their capture. The group’s hideout was located inside a warehouse he had once owned, and they were aided by several of his employees as well as other Dutch sympathizers.

Shortly after World War II ended, Otto Frank suggested that the culprit was Willem van Maaren, a warehouse employee who was not in on the secret. Van Maaren was later the subject of multiple investigations related to the betrayal—including one by famed Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal—but he always maintained his innocence, and none of the cases ever produced any evidence against him.

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Note that the news article suggests that Willem van Maaren  was a criminal because he allegedly betrayed Otto Frank, the criminal who cheated his banking customers.

5 Comments »

  1. During World War II, the Germans required Jews to register, so that the Germans could keep track of them.

    I don’t know about back then, but nowadays every German, or any person residing in Germany, is required to “register”, ie inform the authorities of their place of residence — the general term for registration requirements (there are a number of them) is Meldepflicht — whenever you move, you are required to de-register at the current Einwohnermeldeamt, and then register again at another one near your new residence.

    Comment by eah — May 18, 2017 @ 1:50 pm

  2. I am commenting on my own blog post, in order to add something.

    I first read “The Diary of Anne Frank” 62 years ago, long before it became famous. At that time, I was a 22 year old Army wife, and there was a small library on the Army base, which had books written in English. Also, at that time, people were claiming that the book had been written by Otto Frank. I was one of the first people to say that it was really written by Anne Frank. Her writing is extremely good, which is why people at first thought that it could not have been written by a girl so young.

    Comment by furtherglory — May 18, 2017 @ 10:41 am

  3. OT (Speaking of betrayal…)

    German Holocaust denier arrested in HungaryHorst Mahler, once a founding member of Germany’s leftist Red Army Faction guerrilla group in the 1960s before veering to the ultra-nationalist right, was detained in Sopron near Hungary’s border with Austria, on Monday, police said.

    Comment by eah — May 18, 2017 @ 9:37 am

    • You wrote; “Horst Mahler, once a founding member of Germany’s leftist Red Army Faction guerrilla group in the 1960s before veering to the ultra-nationalist right, was detained in Sopron near Hungary’s border with Austria, on Monday, police said.”

      That’s what happens to Holocaust deniers. Horst should have known better.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 18, 2017 @ 10:02 am

      • You wrote — I didn’t write it: it’s an excerpt from the article, which I quoted via italicsHorst should have known better — Known better about what? — he should have been more careful about his place of hiding and his movements.

        Comment by eah — May 18, 2017 @ 1:54 pm


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