Unknown persons have applied anti-Semitic slogans to nine barracks in the former Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in Poland. The Auschwitz Museum on Twitter called it “a shameful attack on the symbol of one of the greatest tragedies in human history”.
The slogans were sprayed on the wooden barracks with spray cans, in German and English. These include Holocaust denials and specific references to the Old Testament often cited by anti-Semites.
The texts were probably applied this morning; they were discovered this afternoon. The museum says that the texts are being examined graphologically and is calling on witnesses to come forward. Once the police are done with the investigation, the slogans will be removed.
More than 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, died in Auschwitz-Birkenau during World War II. They were gassed or died of hunger, cold or disease.
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