A memorial dedicated to Anne Frank was desecrated with stickers showing swastikas.
The Anne Frank Memorial in Boise, Idaho, which is managed by the Wassmuth Center, was vandalized on Tuesday, the organization said in a Facebook post.
One photo shared online by the Wassmuth Center shows a life-sized statue of Frank holding her diary — on which a sticker with a large black swastika and the phrase, “We are everywhere” had been posted.
The diary is where Frank had documented her life while she and her family hid from Nazis in Amsterdam before they were captured in 1944 and imprisoned in concentration camps.
Another photo shows the memorial called “The Spiral of Justice” featuring the same swastika sticker.
“Frankly, it’s a sad day,” Wassmuth Center Executive Director Dan Prinzing told CNN. “The Memorial is located in the heart of the capital city; we are the heart of the city. Such a blatant act of hate, directed in such a fashion, emboldened to occur, is just sad. We also recognize that now we must fundraise to add a security system in the Memorial.”
“The Memorial was funded by individuals, businesses and foundation to be a physical statement of our shared values; we recognize today that one of those values is that we must stand up to confront hate,” Prinzing said.
The Wassmuth Center was founded in 1996 with the goal of constructing a memorial to human rights, its website says. In 2002, that goal was realized when the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial opened to the public, which the organization says is an educational park inspired by “Frank’s faith in humanity.”
The incident is under investigation, and police have reached out to the Anti-Defamation League, an organization that records anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S.