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Extremists Burn Copy of Anne Frank's Diary

July 08, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

The ceremonial burning of the diary of Holocaust victim Anne Frank by far-right extremists was condemned by the German government amid calls to intensify efforts to stamp out neo-Nazi activity.

"This act was beneath contempt and could scarcely have been more primitive," the Interior Ministry said.

The ministry was reacting to an incident in which three men in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt used a copy of the diary of the Jewish teenager to reenact the Nazis' incineration of "un-German" literature in 1933.

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