There is a sickeningly offensive pseudo-factual claim being passed around by closet Neo-Nazis, anti-Semites and Far Right racists on various social media at the moment, with Facebook in particular serving as the main medium of exchange. The posting alleges that the world-famous historical diary of Anne Frank, which recounts two years of her life and that of her family in the German Occupied Netherlands during World War II, is a fake. A work of fiction, in fact, dating from the 1950s. This, of course, is utterly untrue and flies in the face of decades of historical studies of the Frank family and the terrible times they lived in.
Let me be quite clear in my view on this. Those who promote this Nazi propaganda are themselves Nazi-sympathisers. They are ignorant, uneducated, hate-filled bigots hiding behind supposed concerns about historical accuracy or truth. I’m asking anyone who encounters this counter-factual nonsense to report it – and those who post, Share, Tweet or Like it.