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    On Trial for Burning Anne Frank's Forged Diary

    Neo-Nazis hijack gala to burn Anne Frank diary

    German neo-Nazis tore up and burned a copy of The Diary of Anne Frank after hijacking a traditional gala. Around 100 skinheads cheered and shouted Sieg Heil as the most poignant memoir of the Holocaust years went up in flames. They also burned a U.S. flag and sang banned Nazi songs. Germans were horrified by the latest outrage from the far Right, which comes as the country rides a new wave of peaceful patriotism as it hosts the World Cup.

    Uwe Hornburg, a prosecutor investigating the incident, said: 'I am appalled. In 20 years as a prosecutor I have never had a case quite so disturbing.' The book-burning, which has chilling parallels to the 1930s when Nazi supporters made pyres of books written by Jews, follows a string of high-profile attacks by racist gangs on blacks. The neo-Nazis descended on a field in the village of Pretzien, Saxony, where local people were re-enacting a pagan rite celebrating midsummer. A bonfire was lit and the book and flag destroyed. Before they burned the book, the extremists used it as a football in a drunken kick-around.

    Anne Frank's diary was written by a Jewish schoolgirl who hid with her parents in a flat in German-occupied Amsterdam for three years before they were betrayed to the Gestapo. She died with most of her family in death camps. Only her father survived to find the diary and have it published. It is now a mandatory part of the curriculum at all German schools. Saxon interior minister Holger Hoevelmann said: 'This is an attack on civilised culture, on humanity and on decency.' At the Anne Frank Centre in Berlin, an official spoke yesterday of a 'an outrageous incident' and demanded the highest possible penalties for the perpetrators.

    Pretzien is in the impoverished former communist east of Germany, close to Magdeburg and some 100 miles from Berlin. Its mayor Friedrich Harwig, who saw the book-burning, said: 'This happened because our defences against it are not strong enough. 'I have struggled for years against neo-Nazis and they keep on growing.' Many areas of the east suffer extreme unemployment, disillusionment and despair, helping extremists attract the young and impressionable. Before the World Cup began, black fans planning to visit Germany were warned that there were no-go areas, particularly in the east, where their lives could be in danger. In the worst of the racist attacks, on Easter Sunday, a German of Ethiopian descent was beaten into a coma in Potsdam and nearly died. The warning to visitors came from Uwe-Karsten Heye, a former government spokesman who is chairman of the human rights group Action for a World-Welcoming Germany. He was strongly criticised by central and local government ministers, but the Anne Frank outrage has further fuelled fears about the rise of the far Right.
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    Re: Neonazis Burn Anne Frank Diary

    German neo-Nazis tore up and burned a copy of The Diary of Anne Frank after hijacking a traditional gala.
    Around 100 skinheads cheered and shouted Sieg Heil as the most poignant memoir of the Holocaust years went up in flames.
    They also burned a U.S. flag and sang banned Nazi songs.
    Germans were horrified by the latest outrage from the far Right, which comes as the country rides a new wave of peaceful patriotism as it hosts the World Cup.
    Uwe Hornburg, a prosecutor investigating the incident, said: 'I am appalled. In 20 years as a prosecutor I have never had a case quite so disturbing.'
    Okay, in 20 years as a prosecutor he never had a case more disturbing than citizens destroying property with a market value of a few dollars -- which might even have been their own. Hell, there must be no murders, rapes, child abuse and robberies in Germany.
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    Re: Neonazis Burn Anne Frank Diary

    Wow, what a night! I can only imagine being 20 again along with the singing, burning of Jewish propaganda, a couple beers and maybe trying to find a date among the other party-goers. While in phantasy mode, let's move this to the beach and have a bonfire.

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    Re: Neonazis Burn Anne Frank Diary

    I had to read "The Diary of Anne Frank" in junior high. It turns out the original was heavily edited by her father. BTW none of the 8 Jews who hid in that attic were gassed to death at Auschwitz. Anne Frank died from typhus.

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    AW: Re: Neonazis Burn Anne Frank Diary

    Hrhrhr actually the article in the German section was totally different. No screaming neo nazis,no skinheads etc. There was just some guys who burned an american flag and an anne frank diary in a crowd of normal unpolitical humans...
    Ceterum censeo Iudaeam esse delendam.

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    Re: Neonazis Burn Anne Frank Diary

    This story actually made American TV. A friend of my son's had an interesting idea. Instead of just a book buring, he proposed a hot dog roast event. Each person would bring a copy of Anne Frank's Diary and they would be thrown into a fire by which hot dogs would be roasted. Along with a few beers this would take on a party atmosphere. But the way the books were to be obtained was pure genius. He said, since nobody we know has a copy of this book, that they should be checked out of the library. After they get burnt, the library is told that the book is simply lost. The library charges a replacement fee, a standard replacement fee, applicable to every book lost. The problem for those on the other side is that libraries here use the incoming money to buy new books, not necessarily replacing old, lost titles. The library may have to wait years to get a new copy of Anne Frank's Diary and then only when a Jew donates one. Meanwhile back at the party, the knowledge of the library's difficulity in replacing this specific book would make the whole thing even more fun. There is alot of bad feeling in America about being made to read this book in school at an age before critical evaluation was possible.

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    In Germany, Men Who Burned Anne Frank's Diary Face Trial

    Crime | 26.02.2007

    The trial of seven men accused of inciting hatred by burning the world-famous diary of Jewish girl Anne Frank opened in the eastern German city of Magdeburg on Monday.

    The seven men, aged between 24 and 29, stand accused of glorifying the brutal dictatorship of the Nazis, denying the persecution of Jews and denigrating the memory of the dead by burning Anne Frank's diary.

    The act is reported to have taken place on June 24, 2006 during a Midsummer Night's party in Pretzien, a tiny village near Magdeburg which is the capital of the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt.

    Anne Frank's diary of life hiding from the Nazis is world famous and has sold some 75 million copies worldwide.
    The young men, who are suspected to be from the far-right scene, are said to have modeled the destruction of the diary on the infamous Nazi book-burnings in Berlin. Shouting martial slogans and bearing flaming torches, the group is reported to have first tossed a US flag into a bonfire followed by the famous "Diary of Anne Frank."

    The state prosecutors' office said in a statement that "by using clear-cut neo-Nazi and Nazi terminology," the men had not just mocked Anne Frank, who died in a Nazi concentration camp in 1945 at the age of 15, but also all the other millions of Nazi victims.

    "Nobody wants to be a witness"

    The court in Magdeburg has invited eight witnesses to the trial, which is expected to draw much media attention around Germany. However media reports say the gathering of evidence and testimonies is not expected to be easy.

    Though some 80 inhabitants of the 900-strong village of Pretzien are said to have witnessed the burning of Anne Frank's diary last June, few are expected to come forward and talk about it.

    "A huge silence hangs over the place," Andreas Holtz, the local Protestant priest told Berlin-based daily die tageszeitung. "People would rather stay silent than say something wrong. Nobody wants to be a witness."

    "No coincidental act by drunken youngsters"

    The paper pointed out that the case illustrates the difficulties of small towns and villages -- particularly in former Communist east Germany where statistics show right-wing crimes are on the rise --in tackling the far-right scene and their dissemination of extremist ideology.

    The paper said the seven accused were hardly marginal figures in the village; one of them apparently sings in the local male choir while two are involved in the voluntary fire-fighting service.

    Men belonging to a recognized club in the village also freely sported T-shirts emblazoned with the words, "Wehrmacht Pretzien," without anyone taking exception to it, the paper reported.

    "We need more enlightenment," a local leader Frithjof Meussling told die tageszeitung. He pointed out that though a new group was trying to promote democratization in the village, "not much has happened. We don't have a panacea."

    The head of the Berlin-based Anne Frank Center, Thomas Heppener, who will be at the trial, told the same paper that the book-burning was in no way "a coincidental act by drunken youngsters," but rather one that its roots in the organized neo-Nazi scene.

    Trial raises questions about police lapses

    The trial has also raised serious questions about the role of the police and how they deal with right-wing crimes.

    In the case of the burning of Anne Frank's diary in Pretzien, local police apparently first deemed the crime as a mere "disturbance to peace" because they weren't familiar with the book and thus unable to grasp the intensity and political dimension of the act. They only began investigations and raids in earnest ten days after the crime.

    "Unfortunately many police officers in Germany need to massively refresh their knowledge of the Nazi-era and the role played at the time by their profession," Detlef von Schwerin, head of a documentation and research group on police history at a police college in the eastern state of Brandenburg told German news agency dpa.

    The state of Saxony-Anhalt where the diary of Anne Frank was burned however seems to have drawn some lessons from the crime.

    According to Klaus-Peter Knobloch, spokesman of the state's interior ministry, the state has already modified police training programs in response to the crime.

    "In seminars and other events, officers have since been increasingly learning about the Nazi-era, the historical context and in particular the current manifestations of the right-wing scene."

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    German trial over Anne Frank book

    German trial over Anne Frank book

    A suspected German neo-Nazi has admitted publicly burning a copy of Anne Frank's diary, at the start of his trial with six others.

    The suspects are accused of inciting racial hatred and disparaging the dead.

    Prosecutors in the eastern German city of Magdeburg said Lars Konrad, 25, threw the book onto a bonfire during a summer solstice party in June 2006.

    Anne Frank wrote her diary while she and her family hid from the Nazis in an attic in Amsterdam during World War II.

    The indictment says the public burning took place in Pretzien, near Magdeburg, and that the accused, aged from 24 to 29, glorified the Nazis.

    Denying the Holocaust and incitement of racial hatred both carry maximum jail terms of five years under German law.

    Mr Konrad's lawyer argued that he was merely trying to expiate an evil chapter in German history.

    But state prosecutor Arnold Murra said the defendants "ridiculed Anne Frank and all those who died in the concentration camps".

    The case shocked Germany, fuelling fears that neo-Nazism was on the rise in poor areas of the former East Germany.

    Anne Frank's diary, found after the war, has moved millions of readers.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6398571.stm

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    Re: German trial over Anne Frank book

    So now Germany had reached the point where you don't even have to deny the holocaust to be proscuted for blasphemy against it.

    Getting up and showing that you are sick to death of being lambasted about the holocaust is enough...

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    Re: On trial for burning Anne Frank's forged Diary

    Germans Convicted for Burning Anne Frank's Diary

    08.03.2007

    Five Germans were given suspended jail sentences and fined on Thursday for tossing a copy of Anne Frank's diary onto a blazing bonfire at a far-right summer festival.

    The defendants, all men aged between 24 and 29, were convicted of inciting racial hatred and disparaging the dead by a district court in the eastern city of Magdeburg.

    Each received a suspended sentence of nine months and fines of between 1,300 and 2,200 euros ($1,700 and $2,890). Two suspects were acquitted for lack of evidence.

    The book burning occurred last June during a summer solstice party with about 70 guests organized by a far-right group in the town of Pretzien. The group also fed an American flag to the flames.

    Presiding judge Eike Bruns said the men had attacked Anne Frank's memory and dignity in a symbolic attack against the Holocaust's six million victims.

    "They all knew just what they were doing," he said.

    "An evil chapter of German history"

    One of the defendants, 25-year-old Lars Konrad, testified during the trial that he had wanted to free himself "from an evil chapter of German history" but said he had no intention of denying the Nazis' crimes.

    The case sparked outrage in Germany and abroad, fuelling concerns over neo-Nazi ideology spreading in the economically depressed states of former communist east Germany.

    Published after World War II, "The Diary of Anne Frank" chronicles the two years Frank and her family spent hiding in a cramped attic to avoid detection and deportation to a Nazi death camp.

    They were eventually betrayed and captured in August 1944. Anne Frank died of typhus at the age of 15 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945, shortly before its liberation by the Allies.

    Now translated into over 60 languages, the diary has borne witness to the Holocaust for millions of readers.

    DW staff / AFP (tt]
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