Previously published in Examiner
Part 6 of the Anne Frank Series
The mystery of who informed the Gestapo of the secret annexe and the whereabouts of the Franks has been a burning issue for governments and historians alike. The following section will look into the event that lead up to the capture and the investigations into the possible informants since then.
Imagine the emotional terror when Willem van Maaren, the warehouseman of Prinsengracht 263, Karl Silberbauer, a German officer and Dutch policemen entered the warehouse where The franks’ were hiding. The workers knew that their very lives were hanging on their every word or action and on the whim of the German officer in charge. Would they live, would they be shot, would they be arrested or would they be allowed to go free? Imagine the physical stress and the rush of adrenaline going on at this particular time.
How the investigation took place
Willem van Maaren and the Silberbauer, remained in the warehouse while the Dutch officers went up to the first floor. They questioned Johannes Kleiman, Bep Voskuijl, Miep Gies, and Victor Kugler. Though they were told to remain where they were , Bep Voskuijl managed to somehow escape with some incriminating black market documents. (food and supplies for the Frank’s). Kugler was made to accompany the German officer on his inspection of the building, while Gies was held at gunpoint and told to stay put.
Victor Kugler and Johannes Kleiman, were arrested, Kleiman was released from the penal camp seven weeks later; yet Kugler remained there until the end of the war.
Bep and Miep found the Anne Frank’s diary and papers after the arrest of the Franks and others in hiding with them. It was obvious to them that the family had been betrayed and not simply randomly. discovered.
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