Previously published in Examiner
Part 7 of the Anne Frank series
Who betrayed the Anne Frank?
Willem van Maaren
The warehouseman, Willem van Maaren, was not well liked. He was very interested in the sealed rooms especially since office supplies continued to go missing. He set traps to try to expose the thieves. He also boasted that he had Gestapo connections. The fact that when he arrived with the German officer and the keys were handed over to him, lead half of the workers to suspect that he was the one who was trying to expose the Frank family.
Later during the 1948 investigations, van Maaren admitted he suspected the family was hiding there, but he did not inform the Gestapo of his suspicion. He was cleared of all charges due to lack of evidence. He was placed on probation and the case was appealed,. Then in 1949, he was unconditionally cleared of all charges.
Lean Van Bladeren-Hartog
The German officer, Karl Silberbauer, had not been able to identity the informant as his superior officer who later died, kept that information to himself. Lena Van Bladeren-Hartog was employed as a cleaner in Otto Frank’s Opekta offices in 1944. Witnesses testified that she knew the families were hiding at 263 Prinsengracht. Anna Genot and husband also testified that they knew about the secret annexe since 1942.
Melissa Muller, wrote Anne Frank: The Biography to research and expose the missing pieces of the puzzle. This book was the foundation for the ABC’s premier of the mini series, Anne Frank: The Whole Story in 2001. Melissa named Lena Van Balderne-Hartog as the information. In 2003, the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation did an investigation and the claim that Lena Van Bladeren-Hartog was the informant was dismissed.
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