ANNE FRANK MAY HAVE BEEN VIC­TIM OF CHANCE

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the hague, nether­lands» Anne Frank may not have been be­trayed to Nazi oc­cu­piers, but cap­tured by chance.

A new study pub­lished Fri­day by the Anne Frank House mu­seum in Am­s­ter­dam says that de­spite decades of re­search there is no con­clu­sive ev­i­dence that the Jewish di­arist and her fam­ily were be­trayed to the Nether­lands’ Ger­man oc­cu­piers dur­ing World War

II, lead­ing to their ar­rest and de­por­ta­tion.

Ron­ald Leopold, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Anne Frank House mu­seum, said in a state­ment Fri­day that new re­search by the mu­seum “il­lus­trates that other sce­nar­ios should also be con­sid­ered.”

One pos­si­ble the­ory is that the Aug. 4, 1944, raid that led to Anne’s ar­rest could have been part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into il­le­gal la­bor or fal­si­fied ra­tion coupons at the canal-side house where she and other Jews hid for just over two years.

Anne kept a di­ary dur­ing her time in hid­ing that was pub­lished af­ter the war and turned her into a glob­ally rec­og­nized sym­bol of Holo­caust vic­tims. She died in the Ber­gen-Belsen Nazi con­cen­tra­tion camp at age 15. The As­so­ci­ated Press

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