Shoah survivors slam Lebanese ban of Anne Frank's dairy
American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants denounces Hezbollah's 'disgraceful act' as a twin blow against decency. 'It is a blatant expression of Holocaust denial, and an assault on one of the great works of modern literature and civilization,' group says
The controversy erupted after Hezbollah learned excerpts of "The Diary of Anne Frank" were included in a textbook used by a private English-language school in Beirut. Hezbollah’s al-Manar television channel ran a report slamming the book for focusing on the persecution of Jews.”
The American Jewish group said it denounced "this disgraceful act" as a twin blow against decency. "It is a blatant expression of Holocaust denial, and an assault on one of the great works of modern literature and civilization."
In a statement broadcast on Hezbollah's TV station and posted on its website, the group declared, “What is even more dangerous is the dramatic, theatrical way in which the diary is emotionally recounted,” and asked how long Lebanon would “remain an open arena for the Zionist invasion of education.”
According to the Holocaust survivors, the banning of the diary – written by a young girl while hiding from the Nazis and their collaborators in an attic in Amsterdam – demonstrates the fundamental hatred of Islamic extremists for all things Jewish, not just Israel and Zionism.
The Frank family was deported to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where Anne died at age 15. Her father, who survived, had the diary published when the war was over.
The American Gathering commended the Paris-based organization, Aladdin’s Project—which fights Holocaust denial and first translated Anne Frank’s diary into Arabic—for issuing a strong statement condemning Hezbollah’s “intimidation campaign.”