August 31, 2011
Punishment of Italian boys includes reading Anne Frank’s diary
Two middle schoolers who scrawled a swastika and “Adolf” on a wall near the Venice Jewish cemetery must read “The Diary of Anne Frank” as part of their punishment.
The father of one of the boys contacted a local newspaper to reveal that his son had been one of the culprits in last weekend’s vandalism, the Italian media reported.
According to the media, the father said he felt terrible about the incident and had issued an apology both to the city of Venice and to the local Jewish community. He said both boys, who had confessed to their parents “in tears,” will now have to read about a dozen books on the Holocaust and then prepare a report on what they learned.
City authorities may then assign social action or other civic work to the boys, who also will be punished with the halting of their allowances.