French Holocaust Monument for Children Vandalized

French gendarmes conduct their investigation as they examine graves that were desecrated with swastikas in the Jewish cemetery in Quatzenheim, near Strasbourg, France, in February. (Reuters/Vincent Kessler)

Parts of a text commemorating the murder of Jewish children in the Holocaust were painted over at a newly opened memorial park in Paris for the victims of the Holocaust.

Police received reports last week of the unusual vandalism at the memorial space that opened in 2017 near the main Vel d’Hiv monument for Jewish children who were murdered by the Nazis with help from French authorities.

Among the text painted over was assertion that victims were “killed in terrible and cruel conditions” as well as the words “extermination” and that the Nazis wanted to “annihilate” Jews.

Also painted over was the number 4,115, which represents the number of French Jewish children who disappeared without a trace during the Holocaust, after being killed by the Nazis following events like the Vel d’Hiv roundup in 1942, the Le Parisien magazine reported last week.