Man Arrested in Anne Frank Book Vandalism in Tokyo

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Police on Friday arrested a man for allegedly tearing pages out of books related to Anne Frank at a Tokyo library.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: A copy of, "The Diary of a Young Girl: Anne Frank" is displayed at the Anne Frank Center USA on March 26, 2012 in New York City. The center, which opened on March 15, 2012, attempts to inspire tolerance by sharing about the life and thoughts of Anne Frank, a victim of the Holocaust. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

TOKYO (AP) — Police on Friday arrested a man for allegedly tearing pages out of books related to Anne Frank at a Tokyo library.

More than 300 books related to the Holocaust victim, including "The Diary of a Young Girl," have been found vandalized recently at libraries across Japan's capital.

Tokyo police said the man, 36, sneaked into a library on Feb. 5 and ripped pages from 23 Frank-related books, including at least one copy of the diary. Some of the ripped pages were found in a plastic bag at an unidentified house in Tokyo.

Police said that the suspect admitted to ripping the pages out of the books, but that his motive was unclear. They did not release the suspect's name.

Frank wrote her diary during the two years her family hid from the Nazis during World War II. She was 15 when she died in a concentration camp in 1945. Her father survived and published the diary, which has become the most widely read document to emerge from the Holocaust.


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