Boston Holocaust memorial vandalized; local man charged

Eyewitnesses reported that the alleged perpetrator used a large rock to destroy a pane of glass at the memorial.

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June 28, 2017 17:14
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A girl visits the Holocaust Memorial in Boston, Massachusetts December 21, 2006.

A girl visits the Holocaust Memorial following a candlelight vigil in Boston, Massachusetts December 21, 2006.. (photo credit: "BRING BACK OUR BOYS" CAMPAIGN)

A man from the Boston area was arrested and charged after he allegedly caused serious damage to the New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston, Massachusetts on Wednesday morning, according to local media.

Eyewitnesses reported that the alleged perpetrator used a large rock to destroy a pane of glass at the memorial.

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Boston police charged the 21-year old man, James Isaac, with two separate charges of malicious destruction of personal property and willful and malicious destruction of a place of a monument.

The suspect was arrested by Boston police shortly after carrying out the act, according to witnesses.


Erected in 1995, the Holocaust memorial consists of six towering glass columns engraved with over two-million numbers. Each tower represents a major Nazi extermination camp, but can also be interpreted as representing the six million Jews that perished in the Holocaust. Steam rises up through the towers from metal grates below.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is aware of the damage and is said to have ordered quick repairs to the memorial.


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