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Anne Frank denial, unfortunately, is not new

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At the Atlantic Jeffrey Goldberg is grossed out by the Holocaust denial of the leader of Egypt’s Wafd Party.

Kind of par for the course, for ostensibly Arab nationalist parties corrupted by co-option and conspiracy mongering, but Goldblog thinks this bit is new:

Mr. Ezz El-Arab also attacked the authenticity of "The Diary of Anne Frank," which he said he studied as a doctoral student in Stockholm. "I could swear to God it’s a fake," the Wafd leader said. "The girl was there, but the memoirs are a fake."

The Stockholm connection is probably not coincidental: The first diary denier was a Swede, Harald Nielsen, out of the box in 1957.

Wikipedia has a decent rundown of Otto Frank’s efforts to shut up these, um, characters.

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