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After 5 years of work, a cold case investigation has come up with a name that they think is backed by strong circumstantial evidence:
“Arnold van den Bergh was a prominent Jewish businessman with a wife and kids in Amsterdam. After the invasion, he served on the Jewish council, a body the Nazis set up, nefariously, to carry out their policies within the Jewish community. In exchange for doing the Nazis’ bidding, members might be spared the gas chambers.” Supposedly he gave addresses of homes where Jews might be hiding to the Nazis in exchange for his own safety. Long story here: Investigating who betrayed Anne Frank and her family to the Nazis - 60 Minutes - CBS News
Shorter versions here: Anne Frank may have been betrayed by Jewish notary | Anne Frank | The Guardian and Anne Frank may have been betrayed by Jewish notary, new book claims | The Times of Israel
The Anne Frank museum has a favorable response: it “was not involved in the cold case investigation, but it did share its archives and museum with the team, as well as its own 2016 investigation into the arrest of the people in hiding.
The Anne Frank House is impressed by the work that the cold case team has carried out. The investigation was carefully set up and performed, and the book The Betrayal of Anne Frank reports on it in an engaging and readable way.” Statement: Anne Frank House and cold case investigation | Anne Frank House
Interestingly, Arnold van den Bergh was not on the list of suspects that the Anne Frank House has had on its website for years: Was Anne Frank betrayed? | Anne Frank House
I’m curious as to how AI was more effective than standard detective work in this case? From the long CBS article (1st link above) “The team fed every morsel they could—letters, maps, photos, even whole books—into the artificial intelligence database, developed specifically for the project. Then they let machine learning do its thing.”