In this case, Anne Frank's book and the many books about her are widely published. There are no shortage of them. These are not rare manuscripts. However, her diary is symbolic. It is more important the the words it contains. Thus, those who disagree with that symbol strike out at it. Why? Because books are easy targets and still the most meaningful object to a culture.
Fortunately, her book is a powerful symbol and I bet that over the next couple of days the libraries in Japan will rebound from this and restore her work to the shelves.
Edited by Peter Cannon on Jan 22 at 11:16pm