April 18th, 2013
05:05 PM ET
To Anne Frank's stepsister, Eva Schloss, the furor over Justin Bieber and a remark he left in the guestbook of the Anne Frank House is "childish."
Schloss, a Holocaust survivor who's written a recently released autobiography called "After Auschwitz," told the U.K.'s Telegraph that she agrees Frank might've been a fan of the teen pop star, as Bieber controversially suggested last Friday.
"Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber," the 19-year-old singer penned in the Anne Frank House's guestbook, sparking an outpouring of backlash across the Web and beyond.
Critics, like commentator Dean Obeidallah, shook their heads at Bieber for being "self-obsessed" and narcissistic, seemingly taking little away from learning about the life and legacy of the young diarist, who died as a teen in a Nazi concentration camp in 1945.
But a few others came to Bieber's defense. Had Frank been born 70 years later, said one rabbi who's closely studied Frank's life, she would have likely been a "belieber," as Biebs' fans are called. Schloss, who was friendly with Frank while coming of age in Amsterdam and later became the step-daughter of Frank's father, Otto, agrees.
“She probably would have been a fan. Why not?" Schloss told the Telegraph. "He’s a young man and she was a young girl, and she liked film stars and music. They make a lot of fuss about everything that is connected with Anne Frank.”
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