Jewish Gulag memorial vandalized


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Vandals attacked a monument to Jewish victims of a Russian Gulag camp.

The vandals crossed out a Star of David with spray paint and painted an extremist symbol on a monument to Jewish victims of the Norilsk Russia Gulag camp, according to a May 7 article in a local newspaper, the UCSJ: Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union reported Wednesday. The monument also suffered significant structural damage.

The far northern city was constructed largely by slave labor, and the monument complex commemorates victims of several ethnicities and faiths.

Police are focusing on local extremist groups in their investigation, according to the report.

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