Unidentified vandals scrawled antisemitic slogans on the fence of a Jewish cultural centre in the Russian village of Lyubavichi, the cradle of the Chabad Hasidic movement.
The inscriptions, reading “Jews out of Russia, our land” and featuring the Baltic variant of the swastika, were spray-painted on the wall of the Hatzer Raboteinu Nesieinu Belubavitch last week but reported in Russian-language media Tuesday, the news site Cursor reported.
Police are looking for suspects, according to Gavriel Gordon, a Chabad rabbi tasked with preserving the movement’s heritage sites in what used to be its centre over a century ago.
The vandalism occurred amid preparations for a major international event due to be held in Lyubavichi.
The ESJF European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative and Chabad plan to unveil the new fencing and preservation project at the Jewish cemetery in Lyubavichi, where several Chabad sages are buried. Joseph Popack, a Jewish-American donor, funded the new fencing.
Set up in 2015, the ESJF has preserved and built fences in more than 100 Jewish cemeteries in seven countries in Central and Eastern Europe, mostly in the towns and villages whose centuries-old Jewish communities were destroyed in the Holocaust.