TOKYO (AP) — The Israeli Embassy is donating 300 Anne Frank-related books to Tokyo public libraries after the recent vandalism of a similar number of such books in their collections.
Representatives from the embassy and Japan’s Jewish community handed over the books Thursday to the mayor of Tokyo’s Suginami ward.
More than 300 books related to Anne Frank, including copies of “The Diary of a Young Girl,” have been found damaged in Tokyo libraries. Suginami was particularly hard hit with 121 books vandalized.
The mayor of Suginami expressed hope that the incident could be turned into a lesson for Japanese who are not aware of the Holocaust.
Frank wrote her diary during the two years her family hid from the Nazis during World War II. She died in a concentration camp in 1945.