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Antisemitic graffiti daubed at Jewish cemetery in Greece

Vandalism included the German for 'Jews get out' and the symbol of the Nazis' SS

Antisemitic graffiti at the cemetery (Credit: Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece - https://kis.gr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2837:2020-10-05-10-17-43&catid=49:2009-05-11-09-28-23)
Antisemitic graffiti at the cemetery (Credit: Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece - https://kis.gr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2837:2020-10-05-10-17-43&catid=49:2009-05-11-09-28-23)

Antisemitic graffiti was discovered on the fences of Jewish cemeteries in Greece and Germany.

The appearance of antisemitic slogans and a Nazi symbol on a stone fence in Nikaia, a southwestern suburb of Athens, was reported to police on Monday, the umbrella group of Greek Jewish communities said. The graffiti included the phrase “Juden raus,” German for “Jews get out,” and the symbol of the elite SS Nazi force.

Athens Mayor Costas Bakogiannis sent out a team to remove the slogans. In a statement Monday, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece called them “shameful slogans.”

Separately, RIAS, the watchdog on antisemitism in Germany, documented a swastika painted on the wall of a Jewish cemetery on Heer Street in western Berlin on Sept. 27. The same Berlin cemetery was vandalised in 1998 when unidentified perpetrators smashed the headstone of Heinz Galinski, a longtime leader of the city’s Jewish community.

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