Man arrested in Anne Frank book vandalism in Tokyo

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Photo - In this Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 photo, ripped copies of Anne Frank's "Diary of a Young Girl" and related books are shown at Shinjuku City Library in Tokyo. Japanese police have arrested a man for allegedly tearing pages out of books related to Frank at a Tokyo library. More than 300 books related to Frank have been found vandalized recently at libraries across Japan's capital. Tokyo police say the man, who was arrested Friday, March 14 sneaked into a library and ripped pages from 23 of the books on Feb. 5. Some of the ripped pages were found in a plastic bag at an unidentified house in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Koji Ueda)
In this Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 photo, ripped copies of Anne Frank's "Diary of a Young Girl" and related books are shown at Shinjuku City Library in Tokyo. Japanese police have arrested a man for allegedly tearing pages out of books related to Frank at a Tokyo library. More than 300 books related to Frank have been found vandalized recently at libraries across Japan's capital. Tokyo police say the man, who was arrested Friday, March 14 sneaked into a library and ripped pages from 23 of the books on Feb. 5. Some of the ripped pages were found in a plastic bag at an unidentified house in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Koji Ueda)
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TOKYO (AP) — Police on Friday arrested a man for allegedly tearing pages out of books related to Anne Frank at a Tokyo library.

More than 300 books related to the Holocaust victim, including "The Diary of a Young Girl," have been found vandalized recently at libraries across Japan's capital.

Tokyo police said the man, 36, sneaked into a library on Feb. 5 and ripped pages from 23 Frank-related books, including at least one copy of the diary. Some of the ripped pages were found in a plastic bag at an unidentified house in Tokyo.

Police said the suspect admitted to ripping the pages out of the books, but that his motive was unclear. They didn't release the suspect's name.

Frank wrote her diary during the two years her family hid from the Nazis during World War II. She was 15 when she died in a concentration camp in 1945. Her father survived and published the diary, which has become the most widely read document to emerge from the Holocaust.

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