Milan marchers protest vandalism of Stumbling Stone Holocaust memorial

A large crowd marched through central Milan as a human chain to protest the defacement of a recently placed “Stumbling Stone” Holocaust memorial.

The marchers on Saturday, estimated in the thousands, included Milan’s mayor and Italy’s justice minister.

Organised largely on social media, the march led from the Stumbling Stone commemorating Dante Coen to Milan’s central train station, where there is also a large Holocaust memorial.

As they followed the route, participants were linked by a red cord, symbolising the chain of memory.

Coen was deported to Auschwitz in 1944 and then killed at Buchenwald in 1945. The Stumbling Stone commemorating him was one of six installed in Milan, the first in the city, on January 19. It was found covered in black paint two days later.

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