A Dutch publishing house has apologized for a new book that claimed to identify a Jewish notary as the prime suspect for the betrayal of Anne Frank and her family to the Nazis.
“We offer our sincere apologies to anyone who feels offended by the book,” publisher Ambo Anthos wrote in a letter to Rosemary Sullivan, the Canadian author of “The Betrayal of Anne Frank.”
Ambo Anthos said in the letter that they were carried away by the “momentum” around the international publication of the book and should have taken “a more critical stance.”
Ambo Anthos further said that it has decided to delay further prints of the book as it waits for “answers from the research team to the questions that have arisen” since the publication of the book.
HarperCollins, the United States publisher that bought the English language rights to the book, “determined the content,” according to Ambo Anthos in the letter.
Pieter van Twisk, who was part of the investigating team behind the book, said that he was perplexed by the Ambos Anthos’ statement, according to Dutch public broadcaster NOS.
Van Twisk further said that the team had never claimed to have uncovered the complete truth and estimated a “probability percentage of at least 85%” to the theory that Arnold van den Bergh was the prime suspect.
Based on a six-year investigation led by retired Federal Bureau of Investigation Detective Vince Pankoke, the book claimed that, van den Bergh, a member of the Jewish Council in Amsterdam, may had given the address of the Franks’ hiding place to the Nazis.
Since the publication of the book on Jan. 18, many have criticized the claim and raised doubts.
Switzerland-based Anne Frank Fund told the Swiss press on Jan. 23 that the book was “full of mistakes.”
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