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Israel to give copies of Anne Frank book to Tokyo libraries

Published on Feb 26, 2014 6:35 PM

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.

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