For second time, Kristallnacht poster defaced with ‘Free Palestine’

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For second time, Kristallnacht poster defaced with ‘Free Palestine’

Wiener Library says the 'malicious and depressing' graffiti represents 'undisguised antisemitism' and calls for TfL to take urgent action

Wiener Library's poster promoting its 'Shattered' exhibition
Wiener Library's poster promoting its 'Shattered' exhibition

A poster promoting the Wiener Library’s exhibition on Kristallnact has been defaced with anti-Israel graffiti for the second time in a matter of months.

One of the community’s leading Holocaust education charities condemned the daubing of “Free Palestine” and “One Love” on one its advertising board at Russell Square tube station as “undisguised antisemitism”.

This comes after the library’s poster promoting its ‘Shattered’ display, examining the Nazi Kristallnact pogrom in 1938, was daubed with “Free Palestine” in October,.

After being reported to the charity on Monday, its director Ben Barkow said: “This second assault within a few weeks on a poster advertising our exhibition about Kristallnacht is malicious and depressing.

“The November Pogrom of 1938 is not connected in any way to the position of Palestinians in present-day Israel.

“The false conflation is undisguised antisemitism.”

The Holocaust and genocide centre, located five minutes from the station, tweeted  it is “disappointed to see that our tube poster at Russell Square has been defaced once again. As a small charity w/ a very limited budget we hope this can fixed quickly” appealing to Transport for London (TFL) to take urgent action.

“As always our doors are open to those who want to wish to learn”, they added.

A TfL spokesperson said: “We are aware that a poster for the Wiener Library has again been defaced in Russell Square Underground station. We take any defacing on our network extremely seriously and our contractors will be inspecting all posters for this campaign this evening and replacing them as required. We are also happy to support the Wiener Library if they report this to the police.”

The exhibit, called ‘Shattered,’ offers an explanation of the famed pogrom of 9-10 November 1938, when Nazi thugs rampaged across Germany, Austria and Sudetenland, turning on Jewish families, attacking homes, synagogues and businesses, killing scores throughout the night.”

The following morning city streets were covered in the broken glass of Jewish stores and buildings. When cleared, the remnants of crushed glass gave the appearance of crystals, giving rise to the name Kristallnacht – the night of the crystals.


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