The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation

Written by:
Rosemary Sullivan
Narrated by:
Julia Whelan

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2022
10 hours 42 minutes
Less a mystery unsolved than a secret well kept...

Using new technology, recently discovered documents and sophisticated investigative techniques, an international team—led by an obsessed retired FBI agent—has finally solved the mystery that has haunted generations since World War II: Who betrayed Anne Frank and her family? And why?

Over thirty million people have read The Diary of a Young Girl, the journal teen-aged Anne Frank kept while living in an attic with her family and four other people in Amsterdam during World War II, until the Nazis arrested them and sent them to a concentration camp. But despite the many works—journalism, books, plays and novels—devoted to Anne’s story, none has ever conclusively explained how these eight people managed to live in hiding undetected for over two years—and who or what finally brought the Nazis to their door.

With painstaking care, retired FBI agent Vincent Pankoke and a team of indefatigable investigators pored over tens of thousands of pages of documents—some never before seen—and interviewed scores of descendants of people familiar with the Franks. Utilizing methods developed by the FBI, the Cold Case Team painstakingly pieced together the months leading to the infamous arrest—and came to a shocking conclusion. 

The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation is the riveting story of their mission. Rosemary Sullivan introduces us to the investigators, explains the behavior of both the captives and their captors and profiles a group of suspects. All the while, she vividly brings to life wartime Amsterdam: a place where no matter how wealthy, educated, or careful you were, you never knew whom you could trust. 

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.
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Peter Bahi

I really enjoyed the book and the narrator. I've read the haters from those at the Anne Frank House, but ask yourself the question: Why did Otto Frank spend so much more time on publicizing his daughter's diary than to who ended up taking her life, Margot and his wife's life ultimately? Won't spoil the book but I agree with the results. To each their own, however.

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LaMarr A.

This book should be required reading in every high school! It's an enlightening examination of not only the Anne Frank story, but also vividly personalizes and illuminates multiple aspects of the what occurred and how.. I read the few criticisms and disappointed comments about the final supposed conjecture conclusions. It is clear to me that this is an amazingly developed scientific method analysis such as never possible or conducted before. The conclusions are strongly supported by logic and evidence....not conjecture. Read this will not regret!. The narration was superb

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Scott F.

Amazing how this team was able to sift through that much information after so many years had passed. I don’t think any of us realize just how easily one person can bring about the destruction of so many simply by repeating baseless lies and conspiracy theories that their followers blindly accept.

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Sandra T.

Very interesting but I had difficulty keeping up with some of the principals because of the foreign (to me) names and some of the foreign (to me) terms. A down load of names and simple descriptions of their roles would have been a handy reference. I realized early on that this was not necessarily going to have a definitive end but it did give me a deeper perspective of the times and situations. It also prompted me to do some searches for recorded interviews of some of the survivors of that time and of her father, Otto, after he returned home, his life thereafter, etc.. There's also documentaries available showing the actual attic and, the concentration camps. I can't help but wonder, "How would I have handled it all if were me?"

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John H.

I am very interested and moved by the story of Anne Frank, her betrayal and The Holocost. I have read previous books, articles, watched TV and cinema. I looked forward to this read. I found the book uninformative and more speculation and conjecture than real fact. I decided to plow through the book, there was no pay-off at the end. Moreover I then did internet search of her conjecture of who the betrayer was (I won't spoil it if you listen). Experts, archives, Jewish Holocost organizations discount her suspect. The Holocost Exhibit is currently in our city, moved me to tears. See it if you can.

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