Justin Bieber has been criticised for an entry he wrote in a guest book at the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam, saying he hoped the Jewish teenager, who died in a Nazi concentration camp, "would have been a Belieber" - or fan of his - if history were different.
The singer's message triggered a flood of comments on the museum's Facebook page, with many criticising the Canadian pop star, 19, for writing something they perceive to be insensitive.
Museum spokeswoman Maatje Mostart confirmed that Justin Bieber visited on Friday evening. She said the museum was happy to have received him and did not see anything offensive in his remarks.
Anne Frank hid with her family in a small apartment above a warehouse during the Nazi occupation of World War II. Her family was caught and deported, and Anne died of typhus in Bergen-Belsen in 1945. The diary she kept in hiding was recovered and published after the war, and has become the most widely read document to emerge from the Holocaust.
Justin's note read: "Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a Belieber."
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