Swastika graffiti found on Argentine Holocaust memorial
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Swastika graffiti found on Argentine Holocaust memorial

Incident condemned as 'part of the antisemitic events that are taking place in Argentina'

A view of Resistencia, Argentina, in 2010. The city's Holocaust monument was vandalized with a swastika. (Times of Israel/WIkimedia Commons via JTA)
A view of Resistencia, Argentina, in 2010. The city's Holocaust monument was vandalized with a swastika. (Times of Israel/WIkimedia Commons via JTA)

A swastika was spray-painted on a Holocaust memorial in the northeastern Argentine city of Resistencia.

The Monument to Humanity commemorates, among other victims, Irene Schwimmer de Korytnicki, the last survivor of the Holocaust who lived in the capital of the Chaco region. She died this year.

On Wednesday, the Resistencia Jewish community, the Hebraica of Resistencia Jewish Community Center and the local representative branch of the national Jewish umbrella group DAIA condemned the attack as “part of the antisemitic events that are taking place in Argentina, which threaten the coexistence and democratic values of society.” They called on authorities to investigate.

In the last three months, Argentina has seen three instances of violent antisemitic aggression, and there is a growing concern about the wave among Jewish leaders. In February, nine gravestones were vandalised in the Jewish cemetery of San Luis province.

Resistencia, home to nearly 300,000 residents, is located about 600 north of Buenos Aires. It is known as “the sculptures city” because it has hosted a biennial international sculpture contest since 1988.

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