I am not planning to read the book, but I wonder if it goes into more
detail about the process. As shown in the segment, the approach was
almost cavalier, with possible suspects dismissed because "he didn't say
anything anti-Semitic" or "there's no evidence that Nazis living just a
few feet away spotted the family in their hiding place."
As pointed out in the articles, there is no reason to believe a list of
Jewish addresses existed. If I'm going into hiding, I'm going to
minimize the number of people who know, and keep it to a trusted and
trustworthy few. The Franks weren't signing up for Meals on Wheels.
I'm sure this six-year undertaking was expensive, and I understand the
financial need for a dramatic reveal vs, say, the mail carrier ratted
them out. But I agree that it's pretty reprehensible to identify a
fellow Jew on flimsy circumstantial "well, he might have a way to turn
them in" evidence when he has no one to speak on his behalf 80 years
later. Do we know if other Jewish hiding places were similarly exposed?
During the segment, there was a brief indication that the Nazis were
familiar with the signs of a hiding place: the
cabinets/bookcases/pantries with well-worn grooves on the floor.
JoAnne Goldberg - Menlo Park, California; GEDmatch M131535
BLOCH, SEGAL, FRIDMAN, KAMINSKY, PLOTNIK/KIN -- LIthuania
GOLDSCHMIDT, HAMMERSCHLAG,HEILBRUNN, REIS(S), EDELMUTH, ROTHSCHILD, SPEI(Y)ER -- Hesse, Germany
COHEN, KAMP, HARFF, FLECK, FRÖHLICH, HAUSMANN, DANIEL -- Rhineland, Germany