A vandalized Holocaust memorial with graffiti and curses in Russian
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The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force has launched an investigation after a Holocaust memorial in Brooklyn was defaced with graffiti and vulgar words written in Russian.
The words and other drawings were discovered over the weekend at Holocaust Memorial Park in the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood, where there is a large Russian population.
“The offense here is that someone would desecrate, deface a monument dedicated to ensuring that we never see the violence of the Holocaust repeated again,” the New York state deputy told reporters. , William Colton.
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Colton also said the vandalism was not anti-Semitic, according to Fox 5 NY.
“What society allowed someone to say ‘I see a memorial there, it’s beautiful, I’m going to get out my pen, my marker, my spray paint and write whatever I want’?” added Kalman Yeger, a member of the New York City Council.
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The NYPD is investigating the incident and as of Tuesday has not made any arrests.
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“Upon arrival, officers were told by a 74-year-old woman that an unidentified individual wrote on the Holocaust memorial (permanent marker – written in Russian),” an NYPD spokesperson told Fox News Digital. “The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force has been notified.”
The vandalism comes after someone sprayed graffiti last Wednesday, August 17, on the side of the Congregation Beth Shalom synagogue about a mile from the memorial, according to Fox 5 NY.