Anne Frank books damaged in Tokyo vandal attacks


Copies of The Diary of a Young Girl and associated books found with pages torn out in what appears to be a concerted campaign: The Guardian

More than 200 copies of books about Anne Frank, including copies of the diary the Jewish teenager wrote in hiding during the second world war, have been vandalised in libraries across Tokyo.

At three libraries in Shinjuku ward, 10-20 pages were torn from The Diary of a Young Girl, biographies of Frank and books about Nazi persecution of Jews, leaving 39 books “unusable”, archives director Kaori Shiba told AFP. Meanwhile, 119 books were damaged at 11 of the 13 public libraries in Suginami area, according to their deputy director. “Each and every book which comes up under the index of Anne Frank has been damaged,” Toshihiro Obayashi said.

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