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Bieber in Anne Frank row

Teenage singer Justin Bieber has drawn criticism online after writing that he hoped Holocaust victim Anne Frank "would have been a Belieber".

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Anne Frank Trust UK: Bieber's message 'insensitive'

Anne Frank was a typical teenager who was interested in popular culture including music and film stars of the day. She closely followed what those stars said and did.

Justin Bieber’s visit to the Anne Frank House has undoubtedly introduced Anne, her story and her diary to a new audience.

Unfortunately, his message was insensitive to the memory of Anne, but we hope that the visit has had a positive impact on him.

Today marks the 68th anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, tragically just a few weeks after Anne and Margot died from typhus and starvation.

In memory of Anne and all victims of the Holocaust, we aim to make sure both Anne and her diary are known to every teenager, and in turn, encourage them to challenge prejudice and hatred in their own lives today.

– Gillian Walnes, Executive Director and Co-Founder Anne Frank Trust UK

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