Jewish Cemetery in Poland Vandalized; Graves Covered in Antisemitic, Pro-ISIS Graffiti
Vandalas in the Polish city of Sochaczew desecrated a Jewish cemetery over Sunday night.
Slogans such as “F*** Jews” and the “Holocaust never happened” were scrawled across the Ohel HaTzadik memorial, next to others about Muslims, for example, “Islam will dominate” and “Islamic State was here.”
Another featured a Star of David hanging from a crudely depicted noose. The Jewish cemetery is apparently located right next to others gravesites for Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox Christians and Muslims. The entire Jewish population of the town was wiped out by the Nazis in World War II.
Director of the Museum of the Sochaczew and Battlefield on Bzura, Paul Rozdżestwieński, said in a statement reported by Polish press, “As museum professionals and at the same time residents of Sochaczew, we are ashamed of such behavior and we would like to ask all residents to help organize the restoring of dignified appearance to the Sochaczew cemetery.”
Jonny Daniels, founder of the Holocaust memorial organization From the Depths, said, “It’s very worrying for us to see this blatant act of antisemitism and anti-Israel graffiti on a site of Jewish memory and memorial in Poland. The acts are becoming all too commonplace, and all decent peace-loving people must stand up against them.”
Many are concerned with a reported rise in antisemitic incidents across Europe, as well as the declining Jewish population in many countries.