The Policeman Responsible for the Arrest of Anne Frank Later Bought Her Book to See if He was Mentioned


Karl Josef Silberbauer (21 June 1911 – 2 September 1972) was an Austrian police officer, best known, however, for his activities in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam during World War II and the arrests of Anne Frank, her fellow fugitives, and their Gentile protectors.

Upon being asked about Anne Frank’s diary, Silberbauer stated: “I bought the little book last week to see if I am in it. But I am not.” Upon being told by a reporter that he “could have been the first to read it”, Silberbauer chuckled and said, “Maybe I should have picked it up off the floor.


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