A court in Amsterdam has sentenced Robert Wilson, a Polish-Canadian national, to two months in prison for projecting an antisemitic message onto the Anne Frank House museum. Wilson used a laser projector in February to display the words “Ann (sic) Frank invented the ballpoint pen” on the side of the canal house where Anne Frank and her family hid during the Holocaust. The court charged Wilson with insulting a group and inciting discrimination.
The court deemed Wilson’s message as a form of Holocaust denial due to the symbolic significance of Anne Frank’s diary in commemorating the persecution of Jews. Wilson projected the scrolling text from a van parked across the canal from the Anne Frank Museum. A recording of the incident was posted on an antisemitic Telegram channel, but the court found insufficient evidence to convict Wilson of distributing the images.
Having already spent over two months in pre-trial detention, Wilson has served his sentence. He was not present in the courtroom for the verdict. Prosecutors have also accused Wilson of being a prominent member of the neo-Nazi Goyim Defense League. He is facing charges of assault and shouting homophobic slurs at a neighbor while residing in the United States. Poland is also investigating Wilson for allegedly standing in front of the Auschwitz concentration camp with a sign displaying antisemitic slogans.
Anne Frank’s diary documented her life under German occupation during World War II, where she faced constant danger as a Jew. Arrested with her family in 1944, she was sent to a Nazi concentration camp and died there. However, her diary survived and became one of the world’s most famous books. Pages written with a ballpoint pen were discovered among Frank’s papers in the 1980s. Although Holocaust deniers claim this proves the diary is fake, researchers have concluded that the pages were accidentally left in the diary in the 1960s.