“While investigators continue to be baffled by the vandalism in Tokyo libraries of over 300 Japanese copies of Anne Frank’s “The Diary of A Young Girl” and related books, people are already stepping in to replace the damaged works. Since late January, a total of 308 books, including copies of Anne Frank’s diaries, and books about her and the Holocaust, have had pages ripped out at libraries in the Tokyo area. Damaged books were reported at 38 libraries in the Tokyo metropolitan area, with local media reporting similar incidents in neighboring Yokohama. Authorities have yet to come up with any motive and public libraries are strengthening their security and relocating books that might be targeted to near check-out counters.” (via WSJ)
“Anne Frank’s “The Diary of a Young Girl” and scores of books about the young Holocaust victim have been vandalized in Tokyo public libraries since earlier this year.The damage was mostly in the form of dozens of ripped pages in the books. Librarians have counted at least 265 damaged books at 31 municipal libraries since the end of January.” (via The Associated Press)
“After a careful deliberation by a review committee, Northville Public School’s officials have chosen not remove the book “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl – The Definitive Edition” from the middle school reading options. In a letter to the community, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services Robert Behnke indicated removing the book would amount to censorship.” (via hometownlife.com)
“Penguin has released a digital version of Anne Frank’s famous diary, with Penguin imprint Viking working with digital producers Beyond the Story and charitable foundation Anne Frank Fonds to develop the app for the iPad and Nook devices. It is Penguin General’s first app. Priced at £6.99, it includes the full text, as well as five missing pages discovered in 1998, together with audio extracts read by Helena Bonham Carter.”
via he Bookseller
New York Post – “A museum commemorating the world’s most famous Holocaust victim is planning to move across the street from the proposed Ground Zero mosque, The Post has learned.
The nonprofit Anne Frank Center USA, a partner of the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam, offers educational programs about the Holocaust and the history of World War II. The group is poised to sign a lease in the 20-floor, glass-and-steel tower at 100 Church St., sources involved in the negotiations confirmed.”
Examiner – “The Diary of a Young Girl’ survives book-banning flap in Culpepper VA”