The childhood home of Holocaust survivor, renowned author and winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace, Elie Wiesel, has been spray painted with antisemitic graffiti.
Offensive slogans were written on the external walls on the Memorial House Elie Wiesel in Sighet, in North-Western Romania – where he was born – in what police described an antisemitic incident. Florescent pink graffiti read “public toilet” and “Nazi Jew lying in hell with Hitler” as well as “Antisemite pedophile.”
Wiesel was one of the world’s most famous Holocaust survivors before he passed away in 2016 at the age of 87. A Nobel prize laureate for literature, he was honoured last year by locals in his hometown. They marched from the museum, which was built where Wiesel was born and grew up, to the train station where in 1944 he boarded with his family a train to the Auschwitz death camp in Poland.
The house, which is now a museum and a Holocaust centre, was established following Limmud FSU’s initiative in 2014, and dedicated in order to commemorate the Nobel prizewinner. Strongly condemning the incident, Chaim Chesler, Founder of Limmud FSU said: “This unspeakable act of vandalism cannot be forgiven. Elie Wiesel was the ultimate emblem of Holocaust remembrance and the struggle for peace and harmony between peoples. What makes this act even more despicable is the dreadful graffiti, such as Wiesel is “in hell with Hitler,” that were daubed on the walls of the museum. Such abominations cannot be allowed to reoccur.”