(JTA) Police in Poland are investigating antisemitic vandalism at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum.
Spray-painted slogans in English and German, some of them “antisemitic in nature,” were found on nine wooden barracks recently, the institution wrote in a statement Tuesday October 5th. There were “two references to the Old Testament, often used by antisemites, and denial slogans,” the statement also said.
The statement did not include further information on the vandalism. The site has robust security and enforcement measures in place to prevent vandalism and other abuses, which are rare.
The perpetrators’ actions were “an outrageous attack on the symbol of one of the greatest tragedies in human history and an extremely painful blow to the memory of all the victims of the German Nazi Auschwitz-Birkenau camp,” the museum said.
The spray-painted messages will be removed after the police have gathered all “necessary documentation” from the site of the vandalism, according to the museum, while also asking the public to contact them with any information pertaining to the incident.