Dutch police on Friday were investigating a laser message projected at Anne Frank’s house in Amsterdam, accusing the museum of “anti-Semitic and racist” conduct.
The message referred to a far-right conspiracy theory that the teenage Holocaust victim was not the author of her famous diary, and images of the projection appeared on Telegram’s private channel in the United States.
“It happened this week, we have been notified and are investigating,” an Amsterdam police spokesman told AFP, without giving further details.
The Anne Frank House Museum, which preserves the canal-side house where the Frank family hid from the Nazis during World War II, described its “shock and disgust.”
The museum, which receives about one million visitors a year, told AFP it had “reported the incident to the police” and was in contact with the city council and public prosecutors.
The projected message reads “Anne Frank, inventor of the ballpoint pen,” referring to the erroneous claim that part of the diary was written with a type of pen used only after the war. .
This claim is based on the discovery of several ballpoint pens among Anne Frank’s papers in the 1980s, but they were actually accidentally left there by researchers in the 1960s.
The museum found that the message was projected onto the exterior for several minutes Monday night after the footage appeared on Telegram’s “hate video”.
“With projections and videos, the perpetrators attack the authenticity of Anne Frank’s diary and incite hatred. It’s an anti-Semitic and racist film,” the museum said.
Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema denounced the incident as “pure anti-Semitism”.
After the Nazi occupation of Holland during World War II, a Jewish teenage girl and her family hid for two years in a secret annexe of a canal house before being captured in a 1944 raid. was given.
Anne and her sister died in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945, but her diary, found by her father Otto, has become one of the most memorable records of the Holocaust, selling some 30 million copies.
In January, Dutch police announced they were investigating a racist slogan projected onto Rotterdam’s Erasmus Bridge during the New Year celebrations.
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