There may soon be new developments in the Anne Frank case, thanks to efforts made by a retired FBI agent.
Vince Pankoke has launched a cold case review with hopes of finding out who told the Gestapo where Frank and her family were hiding in 1944. The project is crowdfunded , and created by film-maker Thijs Bayens, and Dutch journalist Pieter Van Twisk.
Pankoke will be using investigative techniques developed in the last decade to conduct the investigation, reports the Guardian. He will also be leading a team of 19 forensic experts for the review. The cold case review team has already supervised a reconstruction of the Frank family capture, using actors. Roger Depue, a founding fathers of the FBI’s behavioural science unit, is analyzing the recreation. The archives at the Anne Frank House Museum in Amsterdam are also being utilized. Last year, that museum published its own study suggesting that it is possible that the Frank’s hiding place was found by chance.
The German security services had kept records of all arrests at the time of Frank's capture. However, it was previously believed that Franks’ documents were destroyed in a bombing raid, according to the New York Post.
Pankoke, 59, still has hope that they can crack the case.
“But I’ve spent a lot of time of the United States National Archives and found documents there from Amsterdam that I was told didn’t exist,” he said. “Some of them are water damaged or fire damaged, and they are in technical military German, so it’s going to take a while. But we have found lists of names of Jews arrested having being betrayed, lists of informants and names of Gestapo agents who lived in Amsterdam. All that can go into the data store, and we can find connections.”
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