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Is Abe Encouraging Japan's Nut Jobs?

In recent days at least 282 copies of Frank's memoirs have been vandalized at 36 libraries across Tokyo. No one knows who did it, or why. But it's easy to see the connection to Japan's own recent efforts to deface history.
Ripped pages of three books of Anne Frank's "Diary of Young Girl" are displayed at a library in Tokyo on February 21, 2014. Photograph: JIJI Press/AFP/Getty Images

There's a reason the nuns in Queens had me and my classmates read Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl" several times -- the same reason that's made the book required reading around the globe. The 15-year-old's account of hiding from the Nazis is impervious to nut jobs who argue the Holocaust is fiction.

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