Staff discovers antisemitic graffiti at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Antisemitic graffities denying the Holocaust were discovered at the former Nazi concentration and extermination camp

The staff of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum discovered antisemitic graffities at the Auschwitz II-Birkenau site, the largest of the 40 camps of the former Nazi complex. The phrases and slogans denying the Holocaust are sprayed all over nine baracks. The staff declared the antisemitic vandalism „an outrageous attack on the symbol of one of the great tragedies in human history and an extremely painful blow to the memory of all the victims of the German Nazi Auschwitz-Birkenau camp”.

The police is now investigating the incident and calls upon anyone who might have been around the site on Tuesday morning, especially near the „Gate of Death”, the entrance at Birkenau and the wooden baracks. The conservators of the memorial will remove the offensive graffities once the police have compiled all the necessary documentation.

According to the statement of the management the security system is „constantly being expanded”, yet the budget of the museum was severely hit by the pandemic. Therefore, closing down the site fully is not an option at the moment.

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum preserves the Nazi concentration and extermination camp set up on occupied Polish soil by the Germans during World War II, in 1940. By 1942, it became the biggest extermination camp, carrying out the Nazi plan, “Endlösung der Judenfrage”, to murder all European Jews. During its four and a half year-long operation, at least 1.1 million people were murdered here; one million of whom were Jews.

The Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Israel declared the vandalism an “attack not only on the memory of the victims, but also on the survivors and any person with a conscience”.