Russia: 'Everyone to Buchenwald' spray-painted on Jewish building

Vandals desecrate building housing Jewish Agency offices in St. Petersburg. Official: Several anti-Semitic incidents across Europe

Unknown vandals defaced a building housing the offices of the Jewish Agency in St. Petersburg, Russia with anti-Semitic graffiti, Ynet reported.


The vandals spray-painted the building with swastikas, while the words “Everyone to Buchenwald” were daubed on a nearby building in very large letters.


Workers discovered the graffiti on Sunday morning.


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Buchenwald was one of the largest concentration camps used by the Nazis during World War II. Some 65,000 people perished there.


65 אלף בני אדם נספו במחנה הריכוז בוכנוואלד (צילום: AP)

Some 65,000 perished. Buchenwald (Photo: AP)


The JA building is located in one of St. Petersburg's central neighborhoods. The city is home to some 100,000 Jews.


In the past, dozens of Jewish tombstones were desecrated in the Russian city, and an explosive device was placed outside a local synagogue.


Amos Hermon, chairman of the Jewish Agency's Task Force on Anti-Semitism, told Ynet on Thursday that the past few days have seen several anti-Semitic incidents, mostly in Western Europe, which were characterized by anti-Jewish graffiti. Some of the incidents, he said, included violence.


Hermon said hundreds of nationalists in Riga, Latvia demonstrated outside the city's Great Synagogue Wednesday night during an educational event focusing on the Holocaust.


In another recent incident, a rabbi in France was assaulted by three people while riding the subway. In London, a yeshiva student was assaulted by four men, and in Germany, Jewish cemeteries were desecrated.



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