Photos of Shoah survivors in Vienna vandalised in ‘antisemitic desecration’
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Photos of Shoah survivors in Vienna vandalised in ‘antisemitic desecration’

Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz calls for immediate probe into the hateful daubing of swastikas and antisemitic comments on Holocaust victims' portraits

An exhibit of photos of Holocaust survivors lining a major street in downtown Vienna was vandalised with swastikas.

Some of the portraits also were damaged with knives, The Associated Press reported, citing the Austrian national broadcaster ORF.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called for an immediate investigation in to the what he called the “antisemitic desecration.”

I am dismayed by the antisemitic desecrations of the photos of Shoah survivors. I demand an immediate and complete clarification. Anti-Semitism does not have a place in Austria,” he tweeted.

Austrian Jewish leader Oskar Deutch in a tweet called the vandalism “an attack on all of Austria.”

Austria’s Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, of the far-right Freedom Party, part of Kurz government, resigned on Saturday over an alleged corruption scandal in which he offered government contracts to a foreign heiress planning to buy a controlling share in a major Austrian newspaper in exchange for positive media coverage of his party.

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