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Anne Frank Cold Case: How History Goes Hi-Tech

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Chestnut Square Heritage Village
405 S Chestnut Street
McKinney, Texas 75069

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Over Seventy-five years after its publication, The Diary of Anne Frank remains one of the most widely-read books in the world. The account of a Jewish teenager's life in hiding in an annex behind an Amsterdam warehouse during the Nazi occupation left readers with the lingering question, who alerted the Nazi search team, in 1944, to Anne Frank and her family's hiding place?

In honor of McKinney Repertory Theatre's upcoming production of The Diary of Anne Frank, MRT and Chestnut Square are partnering to host an interview with retired US FBI Agent, Vince Pankoke to explore this very question and learn how technology has given us new theories on who betrayed the Franks.


After he retired from the FBI, Vince was recruited to become the Director of Investigation for the Anne Frank Cold Case Investigation, which was featured in the CBS news program, 60 Minutes. His role included coordinating the investigative effort to solve the mystery surrounding the circumstances of the raid in which Anne Frank, her family, and friends were captured on August 4, 1944. Pankoke developed a cold case team protocol including recruiting subject matter experts, team member selection, identifying investigative initiatives, directing archival research, and applying modern investigative techniques which included profiling, testimonial reconstruction, and most importantly for this presentation, artificial intelligence.

Join us on February 17th at 1:30pm as we interview Vince Pankoke on this compelling case as we approach the 80th anniversary of this heartbreaking betrayal.

TICKET PRICES:   $20 for VIP or $5 General Admission.  VIP Seating begins at 1 pm with conversation beginning promptly at 1:30 pm. 

For more information, please visit: https://www.chestnutsquare.org/

To buy direct tickets, please visit: https://bit.ly/MRTDiaryofAnne