We questioned several elements of the investigation: the anonymous letter, the lists supposedly held by the Jewish Council, and Arnold van den Bergh’s location after February 1944. We also placed question marks by the team’s dating of the letter. In that statement we indicated the need for further research.
A number of experts have now carried out further research on their own initiative. This investigation has generated important insights, some of them also new, into the above points and others. Its findings are contrary to the cold case team’s conclusions regarding Van den Bergh. The researchers convincingly show that on the basis of the available information Arnold van den Bergh cannot be accused of betraying Anne Frank and the seven other people in hiding in the secret annexe.