Anne Frank’s diary is as relevant today as ever in light of Syria’s chemical weapons use and the Iranian nuclear threat, and Bashar Assad has probably never read it, President Shimon Peres said Sunday.
During a visit to the Anne Frank museum in Amsterdam, the president drew a parallel between the murder of civilians during the Holocaust and the reported use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar Assad.
“Anne Frank’s warning sign is in front of our eyes today too,” he said. “I doubt if Assad read Anne Frank’s diary since he didn’t hesitate to use chemical weapons and murder innocent women and children.”
“Anne Frank’s message should echo in all corners of the world, particularly these days,” Peres said in a statement about his visit. “Anne Frank’s writings are not just an historic memory, but are in fact living proof that no one in the world will be able to hide or shut down a ray of light and true voice in a world that preferred to keep quiet.”
“Your voice, Anne, is the voice that will always be heard by the Jewish people and the entire world, reminding us all of the victory of good over evil.
Peres viewed original segments from Frank’s diary, which she wrote while hiding with her family from the Nazis in occupied Holland during the Second World War.
“There is no more serious warning than that of a little girl,” Peres said, Israel Radio reported. “When one tyrant cruelly uses chemical weapons and there are discussions on Iran’s desire to arm itself with weapons of mass destruction, a desire that is accompanied by incitement and threats.”