Israel to give copies of Anne Frank book to Tokyo libraries
TOKYO (AFP) - The Israeli embassy in Japan said on Wednesday it would donate 300 copies of Anne Frank's "Diary of a Young Girl" to Tokyo libraries after hundreds of copies were damaged.
News of the defacement of the books, which tells the tale of a young Jewish girl who fell victim to the Holocaust, sent shockwaves worldwide and sparked alarm amid a rightward shift in Japan's politics.
The embassy and the Jewish Community of Japan will present the copies on Thursday to the capital's residential ward of Suginami, whose libraries were a main target of the vandalism, embassy officials said.
"We have offered the donation that can make up for the copies damaged," the embassy said in a statement.