Swastikas carved into Jewish headstones, memorials daubed with paint in Germany

Amid a recent spate of incidents against Jewish targets in Germany, swastikas were etched into headstones at a cemetery.

The vandalism discovered in Haren, a northwestern town about 350 kilometers west of Berlin, is being treated as an antisemitic hate crime by police. There are no suspects in custody.

Separately, unidentified individuals in Chemnitz, 193 kilometers south of Berlin, spray-painted a swastika in purple on memorial Stolperstein, or “stumbling stones” – brass street tiles that were placed at the former homes of Holocaust victims to commemorate them.

“We have had similar incidents when stumbling blocks were damaged or even cemented over,” a local politician, Katharina Weyandt, said.

Earlier, red paint was poured over other memorial cobblestones in Eilenburg, a city located 64 kilometers north of Chemnitz.

In Ukraine, an incident involving Nazi symbols and Jewish sites was recorded in Uzhhorod, in the southwest. Swastikas were etched into the walls of a former synagogue building and a Celtic cross was spray-painted on it.

Though the building no longer serves as a Jewish house of worship, its characteristic arched windows and doorframes may have attracted the unidentified perpetrators.


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