The Dutch publisher of a discredited study of the Jewish diary, Anne Frank’s betrayal, said it recalled the book after a critical report on its findings.
The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation by Canadian bestselling author Rosemary Sullivan has been widely criticized by experts since its January release.
The book identified a Jewish notary, Arnold van den Bergh, as the main suspect in exposing the family’s hiding place to the Nazis.
There was a setback from Jewish groups, historians, and independent scholars, who subsequently criticized the Cold Case team’s conclusion.
Last month, the main umbrella group for Europe’s national Jewish community called on HarperCollins to withdraw the English version, saying it had tarnished Anne Frank’s memory and the dignity of Holocaust survivors.
On Tuesday, a counter-report was released by experts and historians from World War II in the Netherlands, in which the conclusions of the cold case team, led by a retired US FBI investigator, did not resist professional investigation.
“There is no serious evidence of this serious charge,” the experts found.
In response, Dutch publisher Ambo Anthos said: “Based on the conclusions of this report, we have decided that with immediate effect, the book will no longer be available. We will encourage booksellers to return their stock.”
The English version of the book was published by HarperCollins. HarperCollins did not respond to a request for comment.
Anne’s diary about life in hiding has been translated into 60 languages.
She and seven other Jews were discovered in August 1944 after evading capture for nearly two years in a secret annex over a warehouse on the Amsterdam canal. All were deported, and Anne died in the Bergen Belsen camp at the age of 15.