The Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism

Swastika painted on a Jewish memorial

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Leopoldstadt , Vienna – visitors found antisemitic statements on the Evangelical Church in Leopoldstadt, Vienna: a swastika along with the words “Hitler” and “Heil” engraved on the memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The church filed a complaint.


“This is a disgrace, it is a profanation” said the priestess, Ursula Arnold. In 2009 the parish, together with the association “stones of remembrance” had put up the memorial at the entrance to the Church. The damage was discovered last Saturday, the day of the 75th Anniversary of the Kristallnacht Pogrom. Arnold suspects that the “racial message” was engraved a few days earlier.


 The Memorial to the Jewish victims of the Nazi regime, which is part of the “Path of Remembrance at Leopoldstadt “, will be reinstalled.