Man arrested in Anne Frank book vandalism in Tokyo

A ripped copy of Anne Frank's "Diary of a Young Girl" picture book is shown by Shinjuku City Library Director Kotaro Fujimaki at the library in Tokyo Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. Tokyo Libraries said on Friday that hundreds of copies of Anne Frank's diary and related books have been found vandalised across the city's libraries in the last month, sparking fears of an anti-Semitic motive. A total of 265 books in 31 libraries had been found damaged after the first damaged book was found in January, prompting a wider search. (AP Photo/Koji Ueda)
A ripped copy of Anne Frank's "Diary of a Young Girl" picture book is shown by Shinjuku City Library Director Kotaro Fujimaki at the library in Tokyo Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. Tokyo Libraries said on Friday that hundreds of copies of Anne Frank's diary and related books have been found vandalised across the city's libraries in the last month, sparking fears of an anti-Semitic motive. A total of 265 books in 31 libraries had been found damaged after the first damaged book was found in January, prompting a wider search. (AP Photo/Koji Ueda)

TOKYO (AP) – Police on Friday arrested a man for allegedly tearing pages out of books related to Anne Frank at a Tokyo library.

More than 300 books related to the Holocaust victim, including “The Diary of a Young Girl,” have been found vandalized recently at libraries across Japan’s capital.

Tokyo police said the man, 36, sneaked into a library on Feb. 5 and ripped pages from 23 Frank-related books, including at least one copy of the diary. Some of the ripped pages were found in a plastic bag at an unidentified house in Tokyo.

Police said the suspect admitted to ripping the pages out of the books, but that his motive was unclear. They didn’t release the suspect’s name.

Frank wrote her diary during the two years her family hid from the Nazis during World War II. She was 15 when she died in a concentration camp in 1945. Her father survived and published the diary, which has become the most widely read document to emerge from the Holocaust.

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