Stories from World War II continues to fascinate and intrigue historians and researchers alike. During the six years of war, many strange and unexplained events took place. Not only on the battlefield. Stories without a plausible or obvious explanation. Secrets kept hidden to the present day. Eyewitness accounts reach us as echoes of the complexities of war where the real and supernatural coexist side by side. Strange lights in the sky, unexplained disappearances, secret experiments. We uncover some of the most mysterious unsolved cases of World War II.
#10. Who Turned In Anne Frank?
On August 4, 1944, Anne Frank, a Jewish girl of German nationality was Arrested in Amsterdam after hiding with her family to escape Nazi persecution. Anne kept a well-hidden diary where she documented her life during the two years they avoided the Gestapo (secret police), a book that gained notoriety in the 1950s and gave a voice to many of the victims of the Jewish Holocaust. But who turned Anne and her family in to the Nazi authorities? Over the decades, their betrayal has been the subject of much speculation.
The most likely culprit is thought to be a man named Wilhelm van Maaren, a new employee at her father’s warehouse where the secret hideout was located. Wilhelm was disliked by many, due to his devious character and even Anne herself criticized him in her diary. It’s also known that van Maaren discovered their hiding place not long before the authorities raided the location. Was van Maaren telling the truth, or was he simply trying to save his reputation?
Another popular suspect is Tonny Ahlers, a Nazi sympathizer with a criminal past. Ahlers was an acquaintance of Anne’s father and was aware of his anti-nazi views. After the was, Ahlers was convicted, amongst other charges, of being a Nazi informant and collaborator and receiving a reward for giving away the whereabouts of Jews in hiding. Although no definite evidence has come to light connectin him with Anne’s capture, he remains a strong suspect. Even his own son Anton Ahlers, recently came forward and accused his father of involvement. But who was Anne’s real betrayer? Who was it that sent the entire family to their death?
Another theory suggests that their capture was simply a result of an unfortunate coincidence and that no one was directly involved. Whatever the truth, the answer remains a mystery to this day. Along with her family, Anne was sent to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp where she died of typhus fever. But in her diary, she left us a lasting testament of human resilience and courage.