In a harrowing incident that harkened back to the days of the Nazis, a Jewish cemetery in Sochaczew, Poland was desecrated on Sunday with anti-Semitic slogans and symbols and pro-ISIS messages. The cemetery sits among other graves for Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox Christians and Muslims.
Hate-filled slogans such as “the Holocaust never happened” were scrawled across the Ohel HaTzadik memorial, next to threatening slogans such as “Islam will dominate” and “Islamic State was here.” Another featured a Star of David hanging from a noose. The entire Jewish population of the town was wiped out by the Nazis in World War II.
Paul Rozdzestwienski, Director of the Museum of the Sochaczew and Battlefield on Bzura, said “As museum professionals and at the same time residents of Sochaczew, we are ashamed of such behavior and would like to ask all residents to help organize the restoring of dignified appearance to the Sochaczew cemetery.”
Jonny Daniels, founder of the Holocaust memorial organization From the Depths, said, “It’s very worrying for us to see this blatant act of antisemitism and anti-Israel graffiti on a site of Jewish memory and memorial in Poland. The acts are becoming all too commonplace, and all decent peace-loving people must stand up against them.”
Many are concerned with a reported rise in anti-Semitic incidents across Europe, as well as the declining Jewish population in many countries.