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250 Anne Frank books vandalized in Tokyo libraries

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    Ripped copies of Anne Frank's "Diary of a Young Girl" and related books are shown at Shinjuku City Library in Tokyo today.

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    A ripped copy of Anne Frank's "Diary of a Young Girl" picture book is shown by Shinjuku City Library Director Kotaro Fujimaki at the library in Tokyo Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. Tokyo Libraries said on Friday that hundreds of copies of Anne Frank's diary and related books have been found vandalised across the city's libraries in the last month, sparking fears of an anti-Semitic motive. A total of 265 books in 31 libraries had been found damaged after the first damaged book was found in January, prompting a wider search. (AP Photo/Koji Ueda)

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Japan-Vandalism

Ripped copies of Anne Frank's "Diary of a Young Girl" and related books are shown at Shinjuku City Library in Tokyo today.

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TOKYO  — 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.

Dozens of pages were ripped in the books. The libraries have counted 265 damaged books at 31 municipal libraries since the end of January. An official at one library said all the books could have been found using the keywords “Anne Frank” in an online database.

The motive is unclear. Police are investigating.

At least one library moved Anne Frank-related books behind the counter for protection.

Anne Frank wrote the diary while hiding from the Nazis. After her family was betrayed, she died in a concentration camp at age 15. Her diary has become the most widely read document to emerge from the Holocaust.

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