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Can an AI work out who betrayed Anne Frank ?

By T.K. Randall
October 4, 2017 · Comment icon 4 comments

Anne Frank's diary later became one of the top books of the 20th century. Image Credit: Public Domain
Special software is being used to solve the mystery of who betrayed Anne Frank's family to the Nazis.
It's a mystery that has spanned nearly 75 years, but now former FBI investigator Vince Pankoke, who is working together with Netherlands-based production company Proditione Media, hopes to use a special piece of software to find out once and for all who was responsible.

The software they will be using is capable of cross-referencing millions of police reports, military records, investigate files and other documents to hunt for new leads and connections.

"The bottom line is until this day, there is nothing that's really held water or been definitive," said Pankoke. "The point of the investigation is fact-finding just to discover the truth."
"There is no statute of limitations on the truth."

Anne Frank and her family had spent two years hiding from the Nazis in a secret annex at the back of her father's store before they were discovered and captured in the summer of 1944.

Out of the eight people who had been hiding there, only Anne's father, Otto, survived the Holocaust.

Source: Washington Post | Comments (4)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by paperdyer 7 years ago
At this late date, what's the point?  If the AI does come up with an answer and the family still lives in Germany, what's going to happen?  A witch hunt?  Trial of the current family members? Shaming the family that may have no idea of the past isn't right and doesn't accomplish anything.
Comment icon #2 Posted by geraldnewfie 7 years ago
a little too late dont you think, all that potential software and hardware to solve this? use it for something we can use
Comment icon #3 Posted by Sir Smoke aLot 7 years ago
Of course that there would be witch hunt. See how this played out. Book keeper from concentration camp got jailed for 'taking part in 300.000 murders' even tho no evidence is provided of him taking part in it, man was 93yo at the time.. What i can not understand is how and why do Holocaust survivors, many of them, live in poverty and without any help from any officials. If people are so commited for truth than survivors should have been given all the material goods which this world can provide and it still would not ease their suffering.  So, in short, this is more of political than human ri... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by RayvenRed 7 years ago
It is what it is but I am curious to see how accurate it would be. There is also the fear of people trying to use it for solving crimes now. Can you see the trouble it could be? 

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