Vandals deface Polish concentration camp memorial


BERLIN (JTA) — Holocaust monuments at a former Nazi concentration camp in Poland were defaced with spray-painted anti-Semitic slogans.

The vandalism at the Plaszow camp outside of Krakow, which read "Juden Raus" and "Hitler Good," was discovered Saturday — the 67th anniversary of the Nazi liquidation of the Krakow ghetto. The Plaszow camp was featured in the movie "Schindler’s List."

Suspected far-right vandals had defaced the former Mauthausen concentration camp with anti-Jewish and anti-Turkish graffiti eight days earlier.

"The progeny of Muslims are for us what the Jews were to our fathers. Be on your guard. A third world war — an eighth crusade," read the graffiti, spray-painted in large letters on the outer wall of the Mauthausen camp near its entrance.

"There is an active far-right scene in Upper Austria that does not even shrink away from vandalizing a former concentration camp," Willi Mernyi, head of the committee that oversees the Mauthausen camp, said in a statement.

Some 100,000 people died at Mauthausen.

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