Who betrayed Anne Frank?
Unfortunately we can’t answer this one. There were suspicions about who the betrayer was and the first investigation took place in 1948.
Teaching aids with ‘The life of Anne Frank’.
Anne Frank Guide
The Anne Frank Guide offers a wealth of information on Anne Frank and the persecution of the Jews.
Fifteen years later there was another attempt to establish who betrayed the Franks. However both investigations were inconclusive. The betrayer was not found.
Quite a lot of people must have known that there were Jews hiding on the Prinsengracht. For example suppliers. The people in hiding needed daily supplies: vegetables, bread, meat… There will also undoubtedly have been neighbors who suspected something. It is virtually impossible for eight people living together for two years to remain undetected.
Here you can discuss people’s motives with the class. Why did people betray Jews?
Why do children pose this question?
The question about who betrayed Anne Frank is the one that is most asked about her. It is understandable that children want to know this. It’s also a very good question because behind it lie other questions like: ‘why would someone do this?’ and ‘what happened to Anne Frank?’
Children very often have their own theories about the betrayer and how Anne died. Children are not totally ignorant about this part of the story they often know something about it.
What do you think?
Recognize this question from your own class?
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