Following the vandalism of hundreds of copies of Anne Frank’s diary in many Tokyo libraries, the Anne Frank House donated 3,400 copies of its catalogue to the said libraries. The Anne Frank House is a museum dedicated to the memory of the Jewish girl who perished in a Nazi concentration camp and penned “The Diary of A Young Girl,” chronicling her life during that time.
Representatives from the museum in Amsterdam went to the office of Tokyo’s Suginami ward to donate the catalogue. The catalogue lists the artifacts found in The Anne Frank House, including a miniature version of the house where she hid from the Nazis in World War II. Head of the museum’s international department, Jan Erik Dubbelman, gave the catalogue to Ryo Tanaka, Mayor of Suginami. “I also trust that by strengthening and expanding the friendship between Japan and the Anne Frank House and the people in Japan who strive for harmony, this incident will be soon forgotten,” he added.
Over 300 copies of Anne Frank’s diary and other publications related to her were found damaged and destroyed in public libraries in the Japanese capital. The vandalism has left many concerned in light of the government’s shift to the right. Out of the 300 books, 121 of that were found in 11 libraries from Suginami Ward. Many have already donated to the libraries after hearing news on the damaged books, including the Israeli embassy in Japan giving 300 copies of the diary. Other donors have also donated materials and publications related to Anne Frank’s story and plight during WWII.
[via New Straits Times]
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