Workshop of stonemason who restored monument to Polish Holocaust victims demolished in vandalism


WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — The workshop of a stonemason who designed and renovated a monument to Holocaust victims in Poland was destroyed in a vandalism incident.

The message “Jews Away” was left on the ruins Saturday night in the village of Wawolnica, in eastern Poland.

Krzysztof Kolibski designed a memorial commemorating a mass grave of Jews killed by the Nazis in a forest near the village of Karmanowice. The monument was built in 2018. It honors the Jews murdered in the area in 1942.

At the beginning of June, an anti-Semitic inscription was painted on the Karmanowice monument in a vandalism incident. Kolibski immediately restored the monument.

Kolibski’s workshop was demolished using a bulldozer. Two cars and a stock of stone also were destroyed. Kolibski alerted police to the incident. There are no suspects.

In addition to any anti-Semitic motivation, animosity among neighbors and property disputes may also be involved, according to reports.


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