Police on Thursday said they were questioning an unemployed man over the vandalism of more than 300 copies of Anne Frank's “The Diary of a Young Girl” and books related to the Holocaust in eight libraries and several bookstores in two wards of Tokyo.
The man, who is in this 30s, was arrested last Friday. Fuji TV quoted police as saying that store surveillance camera footage showed him illegally entering the Junkudo bookstore in Minami-Ikebukuro, Tokyo, on Feb 22, the day after copies of the diary were vandalised in the same store.
Police said the man was trying to put up posters in the store.
According to police, the suspect has vaguely admitted vandalizing the books but has been speaking incomprehensibly most of the time, Fuji reported.
Anne Frank, a German Jew born in Frankfurt in 1929, documented her family’s experiences hiding in concealed rooms during the German occupation of the Netherlands where they settled in 1933.
They were caught and sent to Nazi concentration camps. Anne and her sister died of typhus in 1945.
Anne’s “Diary of a Young Girl” was added to the U.N. Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s Memory of the World Register in 2009.© Japan Today