About the team

Investigation team

On August 4, 2019, it will be 75 years since Anne Frank, her family, and the others were arrested. Although it was subjected to several investigations, the circumstances that led to the arrest have never been found. This investigation is different from all previous attempts to find the truth. It will be conducted using modern law enforcement investigative techniques. The research team is multidisciplinary, using methods of cold case detectives, historians, but also psychologists, profilers, data analysts, forensic scientists and criminologists. In this way, new light will be brought to the events.

The team uses specially developed software to organize and analyze the vast amount of data, which has already generated new insights. It enables them to see connections that are not visible to the naked eye. These new insights may not only be applicable to the Anne Frank case. In the future, this information may be used to solve others cases of arrest and betrayal during the Nazi occupation.

The public's assistance in solving cold cases is very important. Do you have any information that can help the Cold Case Team to solve the question: What led to the arrest of Anne Frank and the others in the annex? Please submit your information here.

Vince Pankoke, leader of the investigation

Vince Pankoke is a retired FBI agent, who has been praised for his involvement in tracking and investigating Colombian drug traffickers. The Colombian government awarded Pankoke a medal for his involvement in investigating the North Valley Cartel. In his role as an undercover agent, he was able to infiltrate the financial activities of infamous Wall Street criminals. Vince's FBI experience allows him to approach the Anne Frank case in a new manner. He is the leader of a multidisciplinary Cold Case Team that will recreate this historic event to provide new insights into the truth. Utilizing testimonial reconstruction, the Cold Case Team can go back in time and make this cold case hot again.

Research Facilitators
The Cold Case Team is comprised of numerous professionals, each providing assistance in their areas of specialization/expertise. Historians like David Barnouw and Gertjan Broek have studied Anne Frank thoroughly. Fellow colleagues from the FBI are also assisting, including one of the founding members of the FBI Behavioral Science Unit, former Unit Chief Dr. Roger Depue. Cold case specialists from America and the Netherlands offer input to the team.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is provided by Xomnia, an Amsterdam based "big data" company specializing in processing and analyzing enormous amounts of data. Major Dutch archives and research institutes are facilitating the research, including the Dutch National Archives, the Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (NIOD), the Amsterdam City Archives, and the Anne Frank House. Also providing documentation support is the United States National Archives and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The knowledge and experience of these experts and institutions is aiding the Cold Case team by contributing critical pieces to solve the case.
The Cold Case Team
Vince Pankoke Lead Case Agent
Roger Depue Criminal Profiler
Brandon Rogers Investigator
Monique Koemans Chief Analyst
Quentin Plant Data director
Christine Hoste Research Coordinator
Joachim Bayens Translator
Circe de Bruin Researcher
Veerle de Boer Researcher
Matthijs DeDie le Clercq Researcher
Amber Dekker Researcher
Rory Dekker Translator
Nienke Filius Data scientist
Marius Helf Data scientist
Anna Helfrich Researcher
Robbert van Hintum Data scientist
Anna Foulidis Researcher
Nina Kaiser Documentalist
Ad van Liempt Journalist, author
Bram van der Meer Investigative psychologist
Guus Meershoek Police historian
Lilian Oskam Researcher
Welmoed Pluim Researcher
Isis de Ruiter Documentailst
Leo Simais Police advisor
Cerianne Slagmolen Researcher
Hans Smit Police advisor
Patricia Spronk Researcher
Maudy Thjo Researcher
Rinsophie Vellinga Researcher
Machteld van Voskuilen Researcher
Consultant to the team
Gerard Aalders (Historian and Author)
David Barnouw (Historian, Lecturer and Author)
Hubert Berkhout (Archivist) NIOD
Gertjan Broek (Historian)
Eric Heijselaar (Archivist) Amsterdam City Archive
Peter Kroesen (Archivist) Amsterdam City Archives
Eric Slot (Historian, Journalist and Author)
Erik Somers (Historian, Lecturer) NIOD
Sierk Plantinga (Archivist)
Advisory Board

Job Cohen

Retired Dutch politician prof. mr. dr. Job Cohen (1947), served as Mayor of Amsterdam from 2001 to 2010 and as Leader of the Labour Party (PvdA) from 2010 to 2012. On July 2, 1993, Cohen became State Secretary (deputy minister) for Education and Sciences in the third cabinet of Ruud Lubbers. On August 3, 1998, he resigned from the Senate to take up the position of State Secretary for Justice in the second cabinet of Wim Kok.


Roger van Boxtel

Dutch politician of the Democrats 66 (D66) party mr. Roger van Boxtel (1954), was member of the Dutch House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) from August 30, 1994 until August 3, 1998 and chairman for the liberal political party D66 in the Dutch Senate between June 7, 2011 and June 9, 2015. From 1998 until 2002 he was Minister for Urban Policy and Integration of Ethnic Minorities. On August 1, 2015, Van Boxtel was appointed as CEO of the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS: Dutch Railways), the principal passenger railway operator in the Netherlands.


Emile Schrijver

Prof. dr. Emile G.L. Schrijver (1962) is General Director of the Jewish Historical Museum and the Jewish Cultural Quarter in Amsterdam, as well Professor of the "History of Jewish Cultural Heritage, in particular of the Jewish Book" at the University of Amsterdam (the Jewish Cultural Quarter also includes The Children’s Museum, the Portuguese Synagogue, the Holocaust memorial site Hollandsche Schouwburg and the National Holocaust Museum (in development). Schrijver is also curator of the private Braginsky Collection of Hebrew Manuscripts and Printed Books in Zurich, Switzerland. He has served as curator of the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana at the Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam for many years between 1986 and 2015.

Intro team

Investigation team

On August 4, 2019, it will be 75 years since Anne Frank, her family, and the others were arrested. Although it was subjected to several investigations, the circumstances that led to the arrest have never been found. This investigation is different from all previous attempts to find the truth. It will be conducted using modern law enforcement investigative techniques. The research team is multidisciplinary, using methods of cold case detectives, historians, but also psychologists, profilers, data analysts, forensic scientists and criminologists. In this way, new light will be brought to the events.

The team uses specially developed software to organize and analyze the vast amount of data, which has already generated new insights. It enables them to see connections that are not visible to the naked eye. These new insights may not only be applicable to the Anne Frank case. In the future, this information may be used to solve others cases of arrest and betrayal during the Nazi occupation.

The public’s assistance in solving cold cases is very important. Do you have any information that can help the Cold Case Team to solve the question: What led to the arrest of Anne Frank and the others in the annex? Please submit your information here.

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Vince Pankoke, leader of the investigation

Vince Pankoke is a retired FBI agent, who has been praised for his involvement in tracking and investigating Colombian drug traffickers. The Colombian government awarded Pankoke a medal for his involvement in investigating the North Valley Cartel. In his role as an undercover agent, he was able to infiltrate the financial activities of infamous Wall Street criminals. Vince’s FBI experience allows him to approach the Anne Frank case in a new manner. He is the leader of a multidisciplinary Cold Case Team that will recreate this historic event to provide new insights into the truth. Utilizing testimonial reconstruction, the Cold Case Team can go back in time and make this cold case hot again.

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Research Facilitators

Research Facilitators

The Cold Case Team is comprised of numerous professionals, each providing assistance in their areas of specialization/expertise. Historians like David Barnouw and Gertjan Broek have studied Anne Frank thoroughly. Fellow colleagues from the FBI are also assisting, including one of the founding members of the FBI Behavioral Science Unit, former Unit Chief Dr. Roger Depue. Cold case specialists from America and the Netherlands offer input to the team.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is provided by Xomnia, an Amsterdam based “big data” company specializing in processing and analyzing enormous amounts of data. Major Dutch archives and research institutes are facilitating the research, including the Dutch National Archives, the Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (NIOD), the Amsterdam City Archives, and the Anne Frank House. Also providing documentation support is the United States National Archives and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The knowledge and experience of these experts and institutions is aiding the Cold Case team by contributing critical pieces to solve the case.

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The Cold Case Team

The Cold Case Team

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Vince Pankoke Lead Case Agent
Roger Depue Criminal Profiler
Brandon Rogers Investigator
Monique Koemans Chief Analyst
Quentin Plant Data director
Christine Hoste Research Coordinator
Joachim Bayens Translator
Circe de Bruin Researcher
Veerle de Boer Researcher
Matthijs DeDie le Clercq Researcher
Amber Dekker Researcher
Rory Dekker Translator
Nienke Filius Data scientist
Marius Helf Data scientist
Anna Helfrich Researcher
Robbert van Hintum Data scientist
Anna Foulidis Researcher
Nina Kaiser Documentalist
Bram van der Meer Investigative psychologist
Guus Meershoek Police historian
Lilian Oskam Researcher
Welmoed Pluim Researcher
Isis de Ruiter Documentailst
Leo Simais Police advisor
Hans Smit Police advisor
Patricia Spronk Researcher
Rinsophie Vellinga Researcher
Machteld van Voskuilen Researcher

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Consultant to the team

Consultant to the team

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Table with Consultants to the Team

Gerard Aalders (Historian and Author)
David Barnouw (Historian, Lecturer and Author)
Hubert Berkhout (Archivist) NIOD
Gertjan Broek (Historian)
Eric Heijselaar (Archivist) Amsterdam City Archive
Peter Kroesen (Archivist) Amsterdam City Archives
Eric Slot (Historian, Journalist and Author)
Erik Somers (Historian, Lecturer) NIOD
Sierk Plantinga (Archivist)

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Advisory Board

Advisory Board

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Table Advisory Board members

Job CohenRetired Dutch politician prof. mr. dr. Job Cohen (1947), served as Mayor of Amsterdam from 2001 to 2010 and as Leader of the Labour Party (PvdA) from 2010 to 2012. On July 2, 1993, Cohen became State Secretary (deputy minister) for Education and Sciences in the third cabinet of Ruud Lubbers. On August 3, 1998, he resigned from the Senate to take up the position of State Secretary for Justice in the second cabinet of Wim Kok.
Roger van BoxtelDutch politician of the Democrats 66 (D66) party mr. Roger van Boxtel (1954), was member of the Dutch House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) from August 30, 1994 until August 3, 1998 and chairman for the liberal political party D66 in the Dutch Senate between June 7, 2011 and June 9, 2015. From 1998 until 2002 he was Minister for Urban Policy and Integration of Ethnic Minorities. On August 1, 2015, Van Boxtel was appointed as CEO of the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS: Dutch Railways), the principal passenger railway operator in the Netherlands.
Emile SchrijverProf. dr. Emile G.L. Schrijver (1962) is General Director of the Jewish Historical Museum and the Jewish Cultural Quarter in Amsterdam, as well Professor of the “History of Jewish Cultural Heritage, in particular of the Jewish Book” at the University of Amsterdam (the Jewish Cultural Quarter also includes The Children’s Museum, the Portuguese Synagogue, the Holocaust memorial site Hollandsche Schouwburg and the National Holocaust Museum (in development). Schrijver is also curator of the private Braginsky Collection of Hebrew Manuscripts and Printed Books in Zurich, Switzerland. He has served as curator of the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana at the Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam for many years between 1986 and 2015.

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