Feb. 10, 2023 — On the evening of Monday 6 February 2023 the antisemitic text Ann Frank [sic], inventor of the ballpoint pen was projected on the Anne Frank House for a few minutes. Footage of this has appeared in a hate video on a private Telegram group from the USA.
The Anne Frank House organisation has learned of this with shock and revulsion. The Secret Annex is where Anne Frank went into in hiding and wrote her diary. The diary of Anne Frank is one of the most important testimonies of the persecution of the Jews during the Second World War.
With the projection and the video the perpetrators are attacking the authenticity of Anne Frank's diary and inciting hatred. It is an antisemitic and racist film. We are acutely aware of what this means for the Jewish community and for the city of Amsterdam as a whole.
The Anne Frank House has reported the incident to the police and is in contact with Amsterdam City Council, the Amsterdam police and the Public Prosecution Service.
From extreme right-wing circles comes the claim that Anne Frank’s diary is a forgery because it was allegedly partly written with a ballpoint pen (which only came into use after the Second World War). With this they attempt to question or deny the existence of the Holocaust.
(c) 2023, Anne Frank House