Anne Frank Memorial Vandalized

Stand for Israel  |  December 10, 2020

Anne Frank memorial defaced with anti-Semitic sticker, December 2020
Anne Frank memorial defaced with anti-Semitic sticker, December 2020

Just weeks ago, Stand for Israel warned of the rising anti-Semitism, not just in the Holy Land and elsewhere, but in the United States. And yet another incident should alarm all who stand for the Jewish people. JTA’s Ben Sales reports on a memorial to Holocaust victim Anne Frank in Boise, Idaho, recently defaced with Nazi symbols:

A statue of Anne Frank in Boise, Idaho, was vandalized with stickers bearing swastikas and the message “We are everywhere.”

The Boise Police Department found and removed nine of the stickers from the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, according to KTVB, a local station. One of the stickers was placed over the diary held by the sculpture. They were placed there between Monday evening and Tuesday morning. Police are reviewing security footage to find the perpetrators.

“I fear for what is happening to our community,” read a Facebook post by the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, the local organization that erected the memorial in 2002.

The memorial, until recently the only statue of Anne Frank in the United States, was toppled by vandals in 2007 and vandalized again in 2017.

Later, after an outpouring of support, the center wrote on Facebook, “Let us each stand up in our homes, neighborhoods, schools and places of work when we hear words that demean or marginalize members of our community. Let us each stand up and be a force of goodness.”

Stand for Israel couldn’t agree more… let us all stand for good.