With anti-Semitic acts at the center of public attention in France, The Associated Press reports today that a Jewish cemetery in Poland was defaced in the night of Sunday to Monday by vandals who painted swastikas and anti-Jewish slogans on graves.
Citing the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland, the news agency said the vandals had written “This is Poland, not Israel” at the cemetery in the eastern town of Wysokie Mazowiecki.
As few as 1.5 percent of Poland's 3.5 million Jews survived the Holocaust; yet vandals say the cemetery is in the wrong country.
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In a statement, the Foundation said “[w] e are shocked by the fact that the attack was directed against the resting place of the deceased citizens of Wysokie, neither not able to defend themselves, nor to be defended by their successors, brutally murdered during the World War II.”
The Foundation renovated the cemetery in 2006 and with survivors and locals were involved in its upkeep, the foundation said.
According to the AP, police have opened an investigation.
"Those of us who are the guardians of the cemetery know that the vandalism is an isolated example which is the antithesis of what Poles and Poland are today,” Michael Traison, an American lawyer who has raised funds for the upkeep of the cemetery, was quoted as saying.
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Physical violence against Jews is rare in Poland while anti-Semitic vandalism occasionally occurs, acording to the AP.