Anne Frank memorial in Idaho hit by vandals

May 21, 2007 22:10

Vandals toppled and damaged a bronze statue of Holocaust victim Anne Frank in Idaho's capital, two months after the memorial was plastered with neo-Nazi stickers. Damage to the 226-kilogram statue of the girl, whose diary of hiding from the Nazis during World War II made her a human rights heroine, included a broken finger and scrapes on the head. The life-sized memorial depicts Anne Frank seated in a chair just south of downtown. Vandals uprooted the chair, sending the entire sculpture crashing to the ground. Amy Herzfeld, director of the Idaho Human Rights Education Center, said Monday it was unclear whether the latest damage was ideologically motivated. "Whether or not it was anti-Semitic, it was certainly a destructive and hurtful act," Herzfeld said.

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