Ms. de Gorter mentioned she had shared this data with the group, however they ignored her, she mentioned. Instead, the guide claimed that the household was dwelling in Amsterdam, and that Mr. van den Bergh had received his freedom by giving up addresses to the Nazis.
“My grandfather, Arnold van den Bergh, has been portrayed worldwide as an international scapegoat,” she mentioned. “Meanwhile, Anne Frank’s worldwide prominence is exploited in a particularly dishonest way.”
In February, the European Jewish Congress additionally referred to as on HarperCollins to rescind the guide, and to “distance itself from the book’s controversial historical claims.”
Ambo Anthos had beforehand paused printing and distribution of the guide and apologized after historians raised the primary questions on its findings. “A more critical stance could have been taken here,” wrote Tanja Hendriks, writer and director of the corporate. Ms. Hendriks didn’t reply to requests for touch upon Wednesday.
The writer’s web site now states, “We would once again like to offer our sincere apologies to everyone who has been offended by the contents of this book.”
Mr. van Twisk, Ms. Sullivan and the documentary filmmaker Thijs Bayens, who was a member of the group that was assembled to determine Anne Franks’s betrayer, additionally didn’t reply to requests for remark. The cold-case group’s lead investigator, the previous F.B.I. detective Vince Pankoke, has beforehand issued a defense of the work, nevertheless.
“Until now, we have not been presented with any piece of evidence or any new information that had enough strength to challenge our conclusion,” he famous earlier than the refutation was launched. “The van den Bergh scenario is, in our opinion, still the most viable theory about the betrayal of the Prinsengracht 263.”