Florida school removes Anne Frank picture book

A high school on the Atlantic coast of Florida removed a graphic novel based on the diary of Anna Frank after a leader of a conservative advocacy group challenged it, claiming it downplayed the Holocaust.

The “Diary of Anne Frank: The Graphic Adaptation” was removed from a library at Vero Beach High School after it a leader of Moms for Freedom in Indian River County will file an objection.The school principal agreed with the objection and the book was withdrawn last month.

The book at one point shows the protagonist walking in a park, enchanted by nude female statues, and then proposing to a friend that they show their breasts.

Per school district policy, the principal makes the decision on a challenged book. If someone disagrees with the decision to keep the disputed book on the shelves, it can be appealed to a district committee.The Anne Frank graphic novel had been reviewed twice before it was withdrawn, Cristen Maddux, a spokeswoman for the Indian River County School District, said Monday.

Vero Beach is located 105 miles (169 kilometers) southeast of Orlando.

Other books about Anne Frank and copies of the published diary she wrote chronicling the time she spent hiding from the Nazis with her family and other Jews in German-occupied Amsterdam remain in school system libraries. The Diary of the Jewish Teenager was published in 1947, several years after she died in a concentration camp, and has become a classic read by tens of millions of people around the world.

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