15 March 2010
Anti-Semitic graffiti has been sprayed on monuments at the site of the former Nazi concentration camp of Plaszow, near the city of Krakow. Slogans including "Hitler Good!" were found in red paint on a large monument at the former Nazi camp. A smaller memorial plaque was also painted with a swastika and "Jude Raus." The desecration happened on the eve of a march commemorating the 67th anniversary of the liquidation of the Krakow Jewish ghetto in World War II. According to the Polish press agency PAP, police have launched an investigation.
"This is a disgrace not only to all Jews but also to the Just Poles who risked their lives to save them," Zvi Rav-Ner, Israel's ambassador to Poland, told the 1,000 people who gathered at the site a day after the desecration.
On 13 March 1945, a German SS operation targeted Krakow’s Jewish quarter. About 8,000 people were transferred to the Krakow labor camp and around 2,000 killed on the streets, or taken to the nearby Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. The Plaszow camp featured in Steven Spielberg's 1993 award-winning film ‘Schindler's List’, which chronicled efforts by German businessman Oskar Schindler to save Jews by having them work in his Krakow factory.
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