He Anne Frank Museumone of the main tourist attractions in Amsterdam and a site of great historical significance, was the target of a antisemitic attack this Monday night.
The episode involved the dissemination of a “hate video” and the later laser projection of an antisemitic message on the building’s façade, located in the center of the city in front of a canal. The legend “Ann (sic) Frank invented the ballpoint pen” that was read for a few minutes referred to a conspiracy theory far-right according to which the young woman would not be the author of the famous Diary in which he narrates his life during the Holocaust.
The image was released on a private American account of the Telegram social network.
According to the main Dutch official for the fight against antisemitism, Eddo Verdonerseveral pages written with pen were found among Frank’s papers in the 1980s. Howeverthis writing instrument arrived in the Netherlands after the war Therefore, those who deny the Holocaust, maintain that it is a sign that the work is a forgery.
In any case, subsequent investigations have concluded that the pages were additionally included in that decade.
The incident received the repudiation of multiple officials and figures of the country, among them the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutteand his own museum who expressed his “shock and revulsion” on his Twitter account. “Anne Frank’s diary is one of the most important testimonies of the persecution of the Jews during world war II. With this projection, perpetrators attack the authenticity of Anne Frank’s diary and incite hatred”, they wrote while mentioning being “aware of what this means for the Jewish community and for the city of Amsterdam as a whole”.
Rutte, meanwhile, declared on his networks that “There is no place for antisemitism in our country. We can never nor should we accept it.” and the mayoress of the city, femke halsemadescribed the incident as “pure antisemitism”. To this was added the voice of the Minister of Justice, Dilan Yesilgoz-Zegeriuswho commented that the incident shows that there needs to be laws against Holocaust deniers.
At the moment, the Dutch Parliament is evaluating a bill that explicitly prohibits denying this historical factwhich intensifies what is established in the current law, which only prohibits discriminatory statements against minority groups.
For their part, the police assured that an investigation has already been launched in order to identify those responsible. “It occurred this week, they pointed it out to us and we are investigating,” a spokesman told the news agency. AFP who commented that they maintain dialogue with the museum, the mayor’s office and the prosecutor’s office.
Anne Frank’s diary recounts the experiences of the Jewish teenager and her family while they lived hidden in a secret place in the house after the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands during the Second World War. However, the group was captured in 1944 and sent to concentration camps, where all but his father died in Bergen-Belsen in 1945.
Upon returning home and finding the diary, his father decided to publish the memoirs, which have already sold more than 30 million copies. Likewise, the same place where they hid was turned into a museum with very few spare parts. It receives about 1 million visitors per year.
(With information from AP and AFP)
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