“Truly inspiring to be able to come here,” he offered. So far, so acceptable. Then came the hand-slap-forehead moment: “Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.”
Referring to the young diarist, whose documenting of life under the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands made her a poignant symbol of the suffering of Jews during the second world war, as a “great girl” was in many minds glib to say the least. Frank died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945 at 15 after her family’s hiding place was uncovered by the SS.
But it is the suggestion that had she been alive at the same time as the Canadian singer, she would have devoted herself to his music – fans of the pop star are commonly referred to as Beliebers – that had most online commentators venting their anger.
“She would’ve been a WHAT? That little idiot is way to [sic] full of himself. She’s an important historical figure so show some respect,” read a typical post left on the Anne Frank House’s Facebook page, which first reported the guest book comments.
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