Star of David stolen from Holocaust monument in Greece

A monument to Holocaust victims was vandalised in a Greek city whose synagogue was the target of an antisemitic attack previously this week.

The perpetrators of the latest incident in Trikala, a city in northern Greece that once was home to one of the country’s oldest Jewish communities, stole the Star of David from the monument.

The fencing around the monument was also torn down.
The same monument was vandalised twice in 2019.

Last week, slogans including “Jewish snakes out,” were painted in bright blue on an outside wall of the city’s synagogue.

The vandalism has caused “outrage and deep sadness,” said the Central Jewish Council of Greece, or KIS, the country’s EJC affiliate.

In October 2018, eight tombstones at a Jewish cemetery in Trikala were smashed. The cemetery has some of Greece’s oldest tombstones, including some erected more than 450 years ago. About 40 Jews lived in the city of some 81,000 at the time of the vandalism.


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