Jewish cemetery vandalised in Poland
Sochoczew – The World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) condemns the vandalization of the Dewastacja Jewish cemetery in Sochoczew, Poland, which took a place last weekend.
A monument commemorating the Holocaust has been defaced in red paint with swastikas and ISIS inscriptions which read “Death 2 Poland,” “ISIS will Rule,” and a drawing of a Jewish star hanging from a hangman’s post. This marks the second time that the cemetery has been desecrated since 2015.
“We are horrified by this act,” said Gideon Taylor, Chair of Operations, WJRO. “However, we are grateful that the local authorities have responded and are investigating. This act of hatred is shameful and a painful attempt to try to destroy history and the memory of so many innocent lives that were killed in the Holocaust.”
The commemorative monument is designed with inlaid plaques in English, Hebrew and Polish paying tribute to the Jewish victims of the Nazis in WWII. The plaque in English reads: “REMEMBER! The Jews of Sochaczew and its surroundings have lived here for 600 years. They were annihilated by the Nazis, 1939-1945.”