Canadian anti-Semite in court over Anne Frank laser projection

The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Photo:

A Canadian national is due in court in Amsterdam on Thursday, charged with projecting anti-Semitic slogans on the Anne Frank House earlier this year.

Robert Wilson, 41, is a prominent member of the anti-Semitic, neo-Nazi Goyim Defense League and according to the Parool, has left a “trail of hatred” all over the globe.

Wilson is accused of projecting the text “Anne Frank invented the ballpoint pen” on the front of the building in February using a laser.

The text harks back to long debunked conspiracy theories based on pages covered with ball point pen writing, which were left in the diary by a researcher.

The director of the Anne Frank House described the incident at the time as “a new low in a string of anti-Semitic incidents in the Netherlands”.

Wilson was not arrested immediately but was tracked down via a Telegram channel called The Laser Nazi, which plots out his trip from Poland to Amsterdam and back. He had left the US earlier after facing hate crime charges.

He was eventually arrested in Germany, just before getting on a plane to Canada, and extradited to the Netherlands, where he has been held in custody since July.

The projection in Amsterdam was just one in the Netherlands early in the year. The most notorious was the projection of racist comments on the Erasmus bridge in Rotterdam during the New Year celebrations.

Two Dutch nationals, not thought to be linked to Wilson, were arrested in that case, which has yet to come to court.

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