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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 1955, The Diary of Anne Frank premiered on Broadway at the Cort Theatre for the first time and is now being brought to life by McKinney Repertory Theatre this March.  In honor of this, Chestnut Square is partnering with McKinney Repertory Theatre to host an interview on February 17th at 1:30pm with retired US FBI Agent, Vince Pankoke, to explore the question, "who betrayed the Franks" and learn how technology has given us new theories on this mystery.

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 at Chestnut Square Heritage Village 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 and to buy tickets, please visit Chestnut Square or

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