Turku Synagogue vandalised on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Synagogue in the western Finnish City of Turku was vandalised on the night of January 26th, 2020.

On Monday, January 27th, which marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the synagogue’s front door, steps and walls were found to have been splattered with a large amount of red paint.

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö characterised the incident at Turku Synagogue as very disturbing. He said that the vandalism was an indication of broader racism, adding that the growth of racism and antisemitism is worrying and that their developments were linked.

Built in 1912 and located in the centre of town, the Turku Synagogue is one of two synagogues in Finland – the other is located in Helsinki.

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