OSWIECIM, POLAND - JANUARY 27, 2020: The entrance to the former Auschwitz concentration camp operated by Nazi Germany during WWII. Over a million Jews, as well as Soviet and Polish prisoners, were killed in the camp's gas chambers to be burnt in crematoria. Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviet Red Army on 27 January 1945; in 1947, the Polish government founded the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum on the site of the camp, which in 1979 was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. In 2005, January 27 was named International Holocaust Remembrance Day by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Natalia Fedosenko/TASS (Photo by Natalia FedosenkoTASS via Getty Images)

(JTA) — Police in Poland are investigating antisemitic vandalism at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum.

Spray-painted slogans in English and German, some of them “antisemitic in nature,” were found on the museum’s grounds recently, the institution wrote in a statement Tuesday. There were “two references to the Old Testament, often used by antisemites, and denial slogans,” the statement also said.

The statement did not include further information on the vandalism. The site has robust security and enforcement measures in place to prevent vandalism and other abuses, which are rare.

The perpetrators’ actions were “an outrageous attack on the symbol of one of the greatest tragedies in human history and an extremely painful blow to the memory of all the victims of the German Nazi Auschwitz-Birkenau camp,” the museum said.

The Nazis and their collaborators killed at least 1.3 million people, including over a million Jews, at the former concentration camp. In 2019, over 2 million people visited the museum, including 396,000 visitors from Poland, 200,000 from Great Britain and 120,000 from the United States.


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