Museum to host exhibit honoring Anne Frank

Kyodo

A memorial museum in Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture, will host an exhibit to mark the 85th anniversary of Anne Frank’s birth.

The Holocaust Education Center will host the exhibition between March 15 and May 3, according to the museum.

News of the exhibition follows the emergence of mysterious vandalism cases that have defaced more than 300 copies of Frank’s diary and related books in libraries across Tokyo.

Makoto Otsuka, the museum’s director, said staff had planned the exhibit before the vandalism incidents were reported. “It’s important to never forget the past and recognize the truth,” he said.

Last month, after the destruction of the books first came to light, Frank’s cousin, Buddy Elias, 88, sent Otsuka an email from Switzerland, saying he was shocked by the news.

When Otsuka phoned him to “apologize on behalf of the Japanese people,” Elias said that he wanted to create an opportunity for people to learn more about Frank.

The exhibition will feature panels introducing Frank’s life and objects that belonged to her family, the museum said.

After it closes, it will tour churches and other venues in 10 prefectures.

The Holocaust Education Center was established in 1995 and has attracted over 130,000 visitors so far.

The museum’s permanent exhibition features the typewriter used by Frank’s father, Otto, to transcribe her diary after the war.