“Each and every book which comes up under the index of Anne Frank has been damaged at our library,” said Toshihiro Obayashi, a library official in West Tokyo’s Suginsami area.
“The geographic scope of these incidents strongly suggest an organised effort to denigrate the memory of the most famous of the 1.5 million Jewish children murdered by the Nazis in the World War Two Holocaust,” associate dean Abraham Cooper said.
“Anne Frank is studied and revered by millions of Japanese,” Cooper went on to say. “Only people imbued with bigotry and hatred would seek to destroy Anne’s historic words of courage, hope and love in the face of impending doom.”
Pages have been ripped from at least 265 copies of the diary and other related books. A US Jewish rights group has called for a police investigation.
Anne Frank’s diary was written during World War Two, while the teenager hid, alongside her parents and sister, Margot, from the Nazis in occupied Amsterdam. Anne Frank’s diary was translated into Japanese in December 1952 and topped the bestseller lists in 1953.