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Anne Frank's stepsister has claimed that the young Holocaust victim would definitely have been a "Belieber," referencing the recent controversial guestbook tribute from Justin Bieber after visiting the house where Anne Frank lived decades ago.
The young Canadian singer came under fire recently for leaving a message at the Anne Frank House saying that he hoped that Frank would have been a "Belieber," or in other words a fan of his.
However, the Canadian crooner has now been defended from a most unlikely source - Anne Frank's stepsister, Eva Schloss.
Bieber had controversially written a message in the Anne Frank guest book after visiting her house: "Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a Belieber."
Many accused Bieber of trying to promote himself in the aftermath of the message, and he came under heavy fire for what many considered inappropriate comments.
"This is a place where Anne spent two years hiding in claustrophobic conditions, where she put down her dreams of making the world a better place," said Gillian Walnes MBE, co-founder of The Anne Frank Trust UK. "Now 70 years later a pop singer is trying to hijack this for his own self-aggrandizement."
She added, "It says a lot about what his ego is turning into."
However, Schloss disagreed, defending the singer by saying: "She [Frank] probably would have been a fan. Why not? He's a young man and she was a young girl, and she liked film stars and music," Schloss highlighted.
Inside Frank's famous diary she indeed does write about celebrities and film stars of the era, such as Greta Garbo and Ray Milland.
She wrote in her diary: "Movie stars are in a terrible disarray and are dying to be straightened out."
Schloss spoke about her friendship with Frank, saying: "We used to play together, skipping and sitting on the steps together by our apartments. Anne was very lively but I was more shy. I was good in sports but she was more intellectually developed, quite interested in clothes and boys."
Frank of course died of typhus in a Nazi concentration camp in 1945 at the age of 15, however, her diary became a source of inspiration for millions after her death, and revealed the devastating situation Frank, her family, and millions of others were put through during the tragedy of the Holocaust.
Here is a video of Eva Schloss giving a presentation last month: