Monument in Poland for Jewish Holocaust Victims Vandalized

The desecrated monument in Otwock, Poland.

Swastikas were found on a monument marking the mass graves of 2,000 Jews from Otwock, in central Poland, over the weekend, reported JTA.

The monument consists of a stone with a plaque in both Hebrew and Polish. It commemorates the 2,000 Jews, Hy”d, murdered in Otwock by the Germans in August and September of 1942.

The vandalism was reported to local police, and after they finished gathering evidence, a local priest, together with the owner of the local funeral parlor, cleaned the monument, removing the painted swastikas.

The ghetto in Otwock was established in the fall of 1940. About 12,000 Jews passed through it. In mid-1942, 7,000 Jewish ghetto residents were taken to the Treblinka extermination camp, where they perished.

The monument on the site of the mass graves in Otwock was built in 1949.