(RepublicanNews.org) – Auschwitz was a concentration camp during the Second World War where atrocities against humans took place. Now, the site stands as a memorial and a reminder of how hate and intolerance directly affected the lives of Jews and other people. Decades after the war’s end, hatred marred Auschwitz again.
In a place dedicated to peace and healing, someone defaced nine barracks at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial site with antisemitic graffiti. Both police and the memorial staff are asking anyone with knowledge of the heinous crime to come forward. Authorities said the inscriptions were spray-painted in both German and English.
Wooden barracks at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum were vandalized Tuesday with anti-Semitic inscriptions, the memorial said https://t.co/FNw0WDGS04
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The museum staff reported the case to the police and plan to remove all traces of the graffiti once the authorities complete the investigation. Auschwitz was the largest Nazi concentration camp. The Waffen-SS sent approximately 1.3 million people to the location between 1940 and 1945; 1.1 million, including 960,000 Jews, died in the camp in those five years.
The site remains a museum, a reminder of the ugliness humans are capable of inflicting on each other, and a caution to the future never to forget. Dani Dayan, the chairman of Israel’s official memorial for Holocaust victims, Yad Vashem, said the act of vandalism wasn’t just an attack on the memory of those who died but also on survivors, as well.
Yet even this act of disrespect and intolerance serves to remind us why it’s so important not to forget the lessons of Auschwitz. The irony is the perpetrators who disrespected the museum only strengthened its message: Never forget.
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