Jewish Journal


September 12, 2011

Another Jewish memorial vandalized in Poland


A Jewish memorial in eastern Poland was vandalized—the second time this month that a Jewish monument in the country was defaced.

The monument to a Jewish cemetery in Bialystok that no longer exists was attacked Sunday night, local police said Monday. The bushes forming a Star of David were rearranged into a Nazi swastika on the memorial’s site. Other bushes also were uprooted.

It is the latest in a string of attacks on minority sites in Bialystok that includes an arson attack on a Muslim cultural center, the defacement of Lithuanian road signs and graffiti scrawled on an 18th century synagogue, Reuters reported.

On Sept. 1, vandals defaced the monument in Jedwabne, Poland, that commemorates the hundreds of Jews burned alive in a barn there by their Polish neighbors in July 1941.

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