Justin Bieber hopes Anne Frank would have been a Belieber according to a teen pop star says says in the visitors’ book of the museum dedicated to the late Jewish diarist. Canadian pop star used part of his stay on tour in the cities of Europe to visit Amsterdam hiding place of the young victims of the Holocaust, which was later converted into a museum.
Bieber is currently on a European tour that included a concert in Arnhem, about 60 miles southeast of Amsterdam on Saturday. The comment caused fans of social networking sites with many criticized him for what they considered foolish attempt to connect to one of the faces of the Holocaust.
Museum spokeswoman Maatje Mostart confirmed that Bieber visited on a Friday night. She said the museum is fortunate to have received Bieber and do not see anything offensive in his speech. Justin Bieber wrote a note, “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a Belieber.”
Anne Frank House wrote on Facebook fan-page, “The Anne Frank House was pleased to welcome Justin Bieber to the Anne Frank House last Friday. We think it is very positive that he took the time and effort to visit our museum. He was very interested in the story of Anne Frank and stayed for over an hour. We hope that his visit will inspire his fans to learn more about her life and hopefully read the diary.”
Frank was 13 when she and her family began hiding in the dark and damp secret annex of the house to escape the German roundup of Jews in the Netherlands in July 1942. Anne Frank spent more than two years during World War II hiding from the Nazis followers use of rooms above her father’s office.
She never left the house for two years, spent much of his time writing in her diary while she and her family were discovered and arrested by the Nazis in August 1944. Anne Frank House contains a museum dedicated to her. It also reserves the hiding place. Bieber has been hit by a series of bad publicity during his European tour.