A picture of Anne Frank in a special exhibition at the Bergen-Belsen Memorial
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A tableware maker in the Netherlands has pulled a bowl depicting a smiling Anne Frank from sale following protests.
The Blond Amsterdam company announced that the »Dutch Glory« series, to which the bowl belongs, was intended to evoke positive memories of Dutch scenes and heroes.
Unfortunately, this feeling did not go down well with everyone: "We find this very annoying and are shocked." On the dish, Anne Frank was smiling with her diary in her hand next to a windmill, ice skates and Dutch pudding.
"A cheerful picture of Anne Frank on a coffee cup with the theme 'Dutch Glory' is indeed very inappropriate," responded the Information and Documentation Center Israel (CIDI) in the Netherlands.
'That's not the context in which to remember her.
And unfortunately her fate was not exactly an example of 'Dutch glory'.« The bowl should better be taken off the market.
There had been massive criticism on social media.
"Anne Frank on cheesy dishes," wrote one user, "it's really true."
She added that the Frank family applied for Dutch citizenship in 1939 but did not receive it.
"The story of Anne Frank is a tragic story that has nothing to do with 'Dutch fame'," wrote another user.
Frank (1929-1945) lived for two years with her family and four other Jews in hiding from the German National Socialists in a rear building in Amsterdam.
There she wrote her now world-famous diary.
In 1944 the hiding place was betrayed and the residents were deported to concentration camps.
Only Frank's father Otto survived.