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According to researchers, they’ve discovered the individual who betrayed Anne Frank and her family to the Nazis.



A new team of investigators claims that a Jewish notary betrayed Anne Frank’s hiding place to safeguard his family from deportation after two prior searches in 1947 and 1963.

A symbolic tombstone at the former Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Lohheide, Germany, where Anne Frank and her sister perished of typhus in 1945.

When the Nazis invaded Holland, Anne Frank was 10 years old. The clever young Jewish girl spent two years in hiding before they discovered the hidden Amsterdam attic in 1944. Since her diaries, The Diary of a Young Girl, was published in 1947, researchers have sought to determine who gave away Anne Frank.

Pankoke’s team found evidence suggesting that van den Bergh was the man who most likely betrayed Anne Frank. It included psychologists, historians, archivists, war crimes experts, and criminologists, as well as pointing to a Jewish notary named Arnold van den Bergh.

To reach their conclusion, the researchers combed through numerous primary sources and investigated approximately 30 suspects in 20 different scenarios. Van den Bergh was a Jewish member of the Council who is said to have known the area’s secret locations — and he sold them to the Nazis in order to protect his family.

“There’s no indication that he knew who was hiding at any of these locations,” Pankoke added. “When van den Bergh lost his series of immunities exempting him from having to go to the camps, he had to offer something valuable to the Nazis in order for him and his wife to stay safe.

What Happened to Anne Frank?

On June 12, 1929, Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany. She lived for only a few years before world hatred against “inferiors” like Jews reached an incendiary level. Adolf Hitler was elected Chancellor of Germany in 1933. The Frank family relocated to Amsterdam the year after to start a business.

The family would hide the fruit extract pectin that Otto Frank sold at Opekta Works in Prinsengracht 263 in fear for their lives. The youngsters went to school with pleasure for a few short years before the Nazis invaded Belgium and Holland. In 1938, Otto Frank established Pectacon, a wholesaler of herbs.

The local persecution of Jews began in May 1940, when Germany invaded the Netherlands. For her next birthday, Anne was forced to attend an exclusively Jewish school, and for her following birthday, she received an autograph book she chose to use as a diary. Her family moved into their hideout on July 6, 1942.

The Anne Frank House Museum claims that the annex, which was hidden behind a false wall in the Opekta Works warehouse and included three stories, was home to eight people: Otto, Edith, Anne, Margot, Hermann van Pels (a Pectacon adviser), and four family members — Peter van Pels (Otto

Anne Frank was 15 years old when SS troops stormed the hideout and arrested all eight persons, according to The New York Times. In February 1945, both Margot and Anne died of typhus at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, leaving the mystery of their alleged collaborator unanswered.

Was a Jewish Notary the Man Who Betrayed Anne Frank?

The only survivor of the 1944 raid was Otto Frank, who possessed the copyright to his daughter’s diary and had it published. An official inquiry into who gave away Anne Frank began in the same year, as well as the second one in 1963. However, neither managed to identify her Traitor with 100% certainty.

The bookcase covered the hidden annex where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis.

The 1963 inquest was dedicated to an unaddressed communication that Otto Frank received in June 1945, which identified van den Bergh as a traitor. Pankoke’s crew utilized Dutch government archives records to confirm his suspicion by documenting the list of Jewish Council members who may have provided Nazis addresses.

“That list was offered as a means of keeping him and his family out of the extermination camps,” says Rosemary Sullivan, author of The Betrayal of Anne Frank, a new book about the investigation.

“But it mattered to me, and I think it matters to the group, that the list was anonymous. He was not betraying Otto Frank by giving his address on an unsanctioned list of houses without names.”

The Anne Frank House Museum has stated that while the number of persons who might have betrayed Anne Frank is too long to list, there were many. The most recent study looked at the 2016 hypothesis that the Nazis stumbled upon the attic by accident and investigated every person with the means and desire to betray the Franks.

Opekta Works staff member Willem van Maaren was investigated, but he was ruled out. They also disregarded Nelly Voskuijl, a Nazi sympathizer and sister of one of the secret attic builders for lack of evidence. Similarly, Jewish collaborator Ans van Dijk, who betrayed 145 people and has long been a leading

The Anne Frank House Museum is located in Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht 263, the address where Anne Frank hid.

“We’ve looked at more than 30 people in 20 different situations and determined that one scenario is the most likely,” said inquiry member Thijs Bayens. “We don’t have absolute certainty because betrayal is circumstantial.”

The most probable scenario, according to the evidence, appeared to be that van den Bergh was responsible. Jewish councils were established by the Nazis in order to govern Jewish communities across Nazi-occupied Europe. The members of the councils were exempted from being deported until 1943, when the Nazis disbanded them.

But he was allowed to remain in Amsterdam, despite the fact that van den Bergh was wanted for a crime. And now, according to the investigation team, he used lists of residences where Jews were thought to be hiding as leverage to stay free.

Why Is It Still a Mystery Who Informed on the Family’s Hiding Place?

Some experts are unconvinced that the investigation team has identified Anne Frank’s traitor, despite their certainty that they have.

According to the book’s author, David Barnouw, he had considered van den Bergh as a suspect but dismissed him. He explained that the 1945 note Otto Frank got in which his name was listed as the informant was insufficient evidence to convict him.

In an interview with the newspaper De Telegraaf, Emile Schrijver, director of the Jewish Cultural Quarter in Amsterdam, concurred.

“The evidence is simply too thin to accuse anyone,” he explained in an interview with The New York Times. “They made this huge accusation based on a slew of assumptions but is really just based on a little bit of information.”

Anne Frank died just months before the war’s conclusion.

One of the most fascinating at that time, though not so much anymore when Jan Wichert’s Underground State is now available in English and has a wealth of information about life in hiding: “Why would persons in hiding give their addresses to the Jewish Council?” Laurien Vastenhout, a researcher at the NI

Finally, because of the distance between the crime and Anne’s hiding place, the question of who betrayed her may never be fully solved. However, in a most tragic sense, the answer has always been there.

The Nazis murdered Anne Frank and more than 100,000 Dutch Jews during the Holocaust. And if van den Bergh really did reveal the family’s location, Maureen Sullivan urges caution.

“Who among us, if our families were on the line and heading to extermination camps, wouldn’t do what we could? And if what we could do would be to offer anonymous addresses, I don’t know that I know many people who could resist it,” she said.

“We went looking for a perpetrator and we found a victim.”


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The Real Deal on a Four-Day Workweek



For many people, it’s difficult to imagine a work week that doesn’t begin on Monday and end on Friday. For decades, millions of people across the world have built their week around Monday through Friday. However, as the pandemic continues to change Americans’ attitudes toward work, many are reconsidering how they may balance work and life.

After all of this research, I discovered that the concept of a five-day workweek was first proposed as early as the 1860s by many labor organizations in the United States seeking to pass legislation for an eight-hour working day. The Fair Labor Standards Act was amended in 1938 to limit the workweek to 40 hours per week, which resulted in the Monday through Friday, five-day work week that is well known today, according to Business Insider.

Despite the passage of this law, many individuals are still compelled to work more than 40 hours per week. According to a Gallup poll conducted in 2014, the typical salaried employee put in around 49 hours each week. Furthermore, according to Vox, workers are still clocking more than 40 hours per week even during the COVID-19 epidemic. Many people feel that achieving a work-life balance is difficult because they are either working from home or doing a hybrid arrangement that includes both in-office and at-home work.

A four-hour workweek might be in your future

In the previous decade, businesses and nations all over the world have started to reconsider the five-day workweek. More than 2,500 Icelandic employees were involved in a research in 2015 and 2019 that introduced them to a four-day workweek rather than the usual five-day week. The study’s findings suggested that those who took part in it reported feeling less stress and a better work-life balance, while their employers claimed that their productivity remained the same or improved. Many other countries around the world, such as New Zealand, Singapore, and Spain, subsequently looked into mandating a four-day workweek as a result of these studies. According to The Guardian, several American businesses, including Bolt Electric and Panasonic Electronics, are already adopting the four-day workweek. Microsoft, which offers a four-day workweek for its workers in Japan, states that the four-day workweek has boosted output by 40%.

Although many individuals tout the advantages of switching to a four-day week in place of a five-day one, the United States government has yet to push through any legislation establishing such a schedule in the country.But this may soon change, as more effort is put into protecting employee rights. The Great Resignation, which has seen millions of Americans leave their jobs in the past year, and the current movement for worker rights that has necessitated wage increases in many states have the potential to push forward further workplace reform in the near future, according to Vox.

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What to Look for When Shopping For Skincare Products (And Why You Shouldn’t Buy Them)



With online purchasing (and bargain hunting) on the rise, discovering fake beauty and skin care items is becoming more common. Continue reading to learn how to detect and avoid counterfeit beauty – as well as why you should be looking for the genuine thing.

Counterfeit Beauty Industry

The rapid spread of counterfeit beauty has resulted in the formation of a department within the US Department of Homeland Security called Operation Plastic Beauty, intended to reduce its prevalence. In one study, 20 out of 47 items acquired from third-party vendors were counterfeit. In each situation, the vendor had a customer rating of at least 90% and gave misplaced confidence that

Why Avoid Counterfeit Skin Care

So, what’s the big deal? When consumers aren’t receiving what they believe they’ve paid for, the consequences can be severe. Here’s a closer look at the dangers you face when buying counterfeit skin care products.

Ingredients that don’t work

If you buy counterfeit personal care items, there’s a good chance they’ll be useless. You may have purchased “real” goods that have passed their prime (and lost their effectiveness). They are cheap imitations that pretend to be the genuine thing in other cases. These are frequently comprised of fillers with fewer active chemicals and are manufactured rather than natural

Risks to Your Health

Counterfeit items are not regulated, so you have no way of knowing what they include, where their components come from, or how they’re made. According to the United States Chamber of Commerce, this poses “a safety risk for consumers because hazardous or restricted alternatives are being used in formulations.” Some seized cosmetics have been found to include high amounts of germs as well as harmful compounds such as lead, arsenic, and mercury, according to studies performed on confiscated cosmetics.

Peace Of Mind

There is no such thing as complete peace of mind. Manufacturers can only guarantee their items if they are purchased from authorized resellers. Counterfeit cosmetics have no chain of custody, which determines when the product was manufactured, where it has been, and how it has been stored. Candice Li, VP for Global Public Affairs and Membership of the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition tells Refinery29: “Counterfeits are dangerous because the people who are making the products are taking shortcuts in how they’re made … At the end of the day, all counterfeiters really care about is your money. They don’t care if they give consumers a bad product – or no product whatsoever.”

At the end of the day, all counterfeiters really care about is your money. They don’t care if they give consumers a bad product – or no product whatsoever.

How to Ensure That You’re Purchasing The Right Product

How can you tell the difference if so many counterfeit beauty items are prevalent? As a rule of thumb, if the goods isn’t coming directly from the manufacturer or an authorized dealer (even if it’s from a big internet store), then it’s almost certainly fake. Please be aware that we do not sell on Amazon when purchasing our items. You should either buy Eminence Organics goods from one of our spa partners, authorized online distributors, or directly from our website if you want for genuine Eminence Organics products.

Check The Label

Counterfeiters often skip important details. Business Insider advises examining the label and keeping an eye out for these general tricks: “Tags, typos, misspellings and poor printing should all be on your radar. Packaging should include all the retail packaging for new products, such as manuals or printed materials, and UPC barcodes.” Be sure to cross-reference the product with the one on the brand’s official website to make sure everything matches up.

Use Common Sense

If a store’s offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. “Pay close attention to the prices, packing and quality of the goods,” advises Sonia Batra MD. You’re most likely looking at a counterfeit product if the price is excessively low or sold in large quantities.

If the price is too low to be true, if the packaging appears faded or has an incorrect barcode, or if the product’s consistency or texture appear different than advertised, you’re probably looking at a fake.

Question It

If something doesn’t feel quite right, ask! Check with the company to ensure you’re buying from a legitimate retailer or notify them that something appears wrong. We at Eminence Organics are always happy to assist you in making wise purchasing decisions and directing you to a genuine reseller in your area.

Our Skincare is available for purchase at one of our Eminence Organics spa partners. Not only will you be treated to fresh and genuine products when you visit a legitimate spa, but you will also be evaluated by a knowledgeable expert who can recommend the best skin-care solutions for your skin type and concerns.

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What Are The Benefits of a Face Roller and Does it Work?




What is the purpose of the roller on your face?

You’ve undoubtedly seen a face roller on social media or perhaps at a friend’s house. The device is generally constructed of jade or rose quartz. Some models feature two roller balls, while others resemble a tiny rolling pin with different-size rollers attached to both ends of the handle.

People also claim that face rollers provide notable skincare benefits. So, why exactly are people rubbing their faces with a face roller? Is this trend here to stay?

The simple act of using a face roller on your skin has several advantages. It might even help to decrease tension and release stress, much like a body massage.

Does it really work?

Some of the benefits may potentially be real. Here’s what the science says about it so far, though there’s much we don’t know yet:

  • It increases blood circulation in your face. Using a face roller might increase blood flow to your skin, making it appear healthier.
  • Reduce puffiness.  Rolling massage may also assist in the removal of puffiness (such as under-eye bags). It promotes lymphatic drainage..
  • Helps with swelling. According to some studies, this sort of massage has been linked to dips in swelling. However, more research is needed to determine whether facial rollers help your face appear puffy.
  • Facial massage can make you feel better. According to a 2008 study, facial massage reduces anxiety for some individuals.
  • Facial massage may improve the appearance of your skin. According to a 2017 researchTrusted Source, facial massage has anti-aging effects, especially when combined with an anti-aging cream. It was not, however, carried out with facial rollers in mind.
  • It hydrates and relaxes your skin. It will cool your skin on contact if you store your roller in the refrigerator or use a naturally cold stone like jade. The effects of this are yet to be explored, but some people may appreciate how it feels.
  • Provides a variety of skin-care products. The roller can be used with an oil or moisturizer to help the tool glide across your skin. Although no evidence suggests this, this technique may deliver the product deeper into your skin.

How to Use a Facial Roller

Follow these steps:

  1. Apply a facial oil, serum, or moisturizer that is slippery enough. If you don’t have lubrication, the tool may pull or tug your skin, which can actually cause wrinkles.
  2. Start rolling your hair upward from the nape of your neck. Rolling up, rather than back and forth, results in the best outcomes.
  3. On both sides, gently roll your jawline to your ear with moderate pressure. You may carry this motion from your jaw all the way to your cheekbone.
  4. Only in an upward motion, then back down again, do you pull your skin taut and wrinkle-free. It’s the same gentle tug you’d perform if you were pulling your skin taut and wrinkle-free with your hands.
  5. Over the course of the next few days, there may be a lot more blood flowing to your new brows. You’ll notice that they look fuller and are definitely not as red or pink as your previous ones.

When should you employ a face roller?

Every day, you can use the Facial Roller. Some research claim that using it for a longer period of time might produce better effects.

For how long do you roll?

Even if you only have a few minutes, you may still obtain some of the anti-stress and potentially de-puffy advantages.

According to a 2018 research, applying a facial massage roller to your cheeks for only 5 minutes can enhance blood flow. 10 minutes should be plenty of time. Stop if it begins to hurt. Being careful is especially important when dealing with issues like as this one.

The Myths about facial roller massage

There are many big claims about facial rollers, but there’s not a lot of evidence yet that they do much.

  • You may slim your face with a roller: False. The only way to lose weight from your entire body, including your face, is through nutrition and activity. The facial roller’s de-puffing capabilities, on the other hand, might make your face appear skinnier for a time.
  • A facial roller can cure a condition: False. There is no evidence that crystals or other materials can cure disease, despite the claims of some entrepreneurs.
  • Facial rollers can have permanent effects: False. While you may see some improvements in specific aspects of your skin, they are unlikely to be long-lasting. Consistently applying yourself will almost certainly result in benefits over time.

Different Types of facial rollers

There are several types of facial rollers on the market, so you might want to know which one is best for your needs.

Jade is one of the more common stones you’ll find in rollers.

You’ll also find face rollers made of:

  • rose quartz
  • amethyst
  • obsidian
  • metal

Jade and metal are naturally cold materials that do not require to be kept in the refrigerator to provide a cooling sensation to your skin.

It can maintain its temperature for a long time (hot or cold). Quartz that has been refrigerated is your best bet if you want a colder roller and will be using it for longer than a minute.

If a quartz roller is dropped on jade, the stone will shatter more easily than rose quartz.

Jade may not be as smooth as some of the other stones, but it does have friction, which may come in handy for contouring.

How can you tell if a jade roller is fake?

There are two types of genuine jade:

  • nephrite
  • jadeite

In comparison to jadeite, nephrite jade is a less valuable stone. As a result, it is less costly.

Jade rollers, on the other hand, aren’t always jade. They might be made of another stone that has been chemically dyed or treated with polymers to give it a glossy appearance. It’s preferable not to expose those materials to your skin.

Here are some methods for determining whether your jade roller is genuine:

  • Clink a piece of jade that you know is real against the roller. If it sounds like plastic, it’s probably a knock-off.
  • Touch your jade roller. It’s one of the most straightforward and convenient methods to determine if something is real jade. The touch of genuine jade should be cool.
  • Examine the roller closely. It shouldn’t have air bubbles, but it should have marbling or some unevennesses on the surface.
  • Scratch the surface of the roller lightly with your fingernail or the tip of a pin. It will not have any marks on it.

How to clean your facial roller

  • With a clean, soft washcloth, wipe away any extra oil or treatment. It’s a good idea to clean it after each usage.
  • Use a mild face wash or soap to eliminate germs. Rinse thoroughly with room temperature water after bathing.
  • If you do put very hot water on your facial roller, or soak it in water, don’t overdo it.
  • Allow the roller to air-dry on a clean cloth.


A facial roller might be soothing, and it may have skin-related advantages.

Gently rolling or massaging the delicate skin on your face, neck, and clavicle might assist with better blood flow and reduced stress.

There are many types of facial rollers to select from, and all of them may be worth using. Just be sure you know the warning signals for a fake stone and that you clean your roller on a regular basis.

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