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Daily Briefing Jan. 27 – How a new Anne Frank book wasted a last chance for answers

For International Holocaust Day, writer Matt Lebovic breaks down a cold case workup of who turned in the famous diarist, plus an audio essay from senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 15-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish world, from Sunday through Thursday.

Senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur and Holocaust correspondent Matt Lebovic join host Amanda Borschel-Dan for a special International Holocaust Remembrance Day episode.

We first ask the question why Anne Frank is continually a target of antisemitic rhetoric, most recently in the much-decried statements by United States antivaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who said that it’s harder for Americans under COVID measures than it was for the Jews during the Holocaust. “Even in Hitler’s Germany, you could cross the Alps to Switzerland. You could hide in an attic like Anne Frank did.”

Next, we discuss controversial new research that claims to have pinpointed who turned Anne Frank and her family over to the Nazis, published in Rosemary Sullivan’s book “The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation.” Why does Lebovic think this is a wasted last, best chance?

Discussed articles include:

RFK Jr. apologizes for Anne Frank comparison at anti-vaccine rally

Historians bash ‘rubbish’ findings of investigation into Anne Frank betrayal

Anne Frank Fund head slams findings on betrayal of diarist as ‘full of errors’

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