ADL Letter to Japan's Ambassador to the United States Kenichiro Sasae

Dear Mr. Ambassador: 

We are writing to express our great concern at reports that hundreds of copies of books related to Anne Frank, including her immortal Diary of a Young Girl, have been vandalized in public libraries throughout Tokyo in the past month.

Clearly, the deliberate targeting of at least 265 books relating to Anne Frank, the most internationally known Holocaust victim, is an act that goes well beyond vandalism of property and represents a brazen act of hate towards Jews.

We urge the Tokyo municipality to expeditiously investigate this crime and bring the perpetrator(s) to justice.

We appreciate the strong statement of the Chief Cabinet Secretary in condemning the action.  We respectfully call on the Government of Japan to carefully consider if this shocking and shameful act of disrespect for the memory of the millions of Jewish victims who lost their lives in the Holocaust requires a new look at educational initiatives regarding the Holocaust and anti-Semitism.

As you may know, the Anti-Defamation League has worked closely with the Government of Japan to recognize and celebrate the courageous Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara who saved thousands of lives by issuing transit visas to Lithuanian and Polish Jews.   We stand ready to continue our collaboration and explore strategies to confront this very disturbing matter.  



Abraham H. Foxman