Vandals desecrate Belarus Holocaust memorial

Hitherto unknown group scatters leaflets warning of "uncompromising struggle against enemies and traitors of our Fatherland."

By
November 13, 2006 19:03
1 minute read.
Vandals desecrate Belarus Holocaust memorial

swastika 88. (photo credit: )

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Vandals desecrated a memorial to Jewish victims of the Nazi Holocaust, painting a swastika in the center of it and scattering leaflets that warned against "enemies and traitors of our Fatherland," a Jewish leader said Monday. In the incident overnight, attackers also threw white paint on sculptures that are part of the memorial - called Yama, or "The Pit" - in the center of the Belarusian capital, Minsk, said Yakov Basin of the Union of Belarusian Jewish Social Organizations and Societies. A previously unknown group calling itself White Rus claimed responsibility. "This action marks the beginning of uncompromising struggle against enemies and traitors of our Fatherland," it said in leaflets scattered around the memorial. The Minsk prosecutor's office on Monday called the incident "petty hooliganism" and said it wouldn't launch a criminal probe. The memorial honoring the estimated 800,000 Jews who were killed in Belarus by the Nazis has been vandalized several times in recent years. Perpetrators have never been found. Basin said that a swastika and anti-Semitic graffiti were also painted overnight on a building housing a Jewish cultural center in Minsk. "The authorities pretend that there is no ... anti-Semitism in Belarus," he said. About 25,000 Jews now live in Belarus, a mostly Slavic nation of 10 million that was home to a substantial Jewish minority before the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. Some 800,000 Jews were killed in Belarus by the Nazis, and many have fled the country since the 1991 Soviet collapse.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Joan Rivers
August 28, 2014
Joan Rivers rushed to hospital following throat surgery

By JPOST.COM STAFF