Swastikas painted on monuments for Holocaust victims in Ukraine and Russia

In three separate incidents this week, swastikas were painted on two monuments for Holocaust victims in Ukraine and another one in Russia.

Arutz Sheva North America Staff ,

Painted swastikas (archive)
Painted swastikas (archive)
Gershon Elinson/Flash90

In three separate incidents this week, swastikas were painted on two monuments for Holocaust victims in Ukraine, and another one in Russia, JTA reported on Friday.

At the former concentration camp Bogdanovka, in southern Ukraine, a note with three swastikas was addressed to three prominent Jews: Ukrainian President Vlodymyr Zelensky, former politician Yevhen Chervonenko and Eduard Dolinsky, director of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee.

“Come to your senses, please stop, because the sale of Ukrainian land will quickly lead you to the Holocaust,” the note said, according to JTA.

Additional swastikas were etched and painted on the marble monument commemorating the murder of 54,000 Jews there during the Holocaust, Dolinsky wrote Tuesday on Facebook.

The same day, another incident was documented near Kirovgrad, some 100 miles north of Bogdanovka, where swastikas were spray-painted on a slab of marble commemorating the mass shooting of thousands of Jews in 1942.

Police are looking for the perpetrators of both incidents, the Ukrainian National Police wrote in a statement.

This past January, a monument to the victims of the Holocaust was found defaced in the city of Kryvyi Rih in western Ukraine, just over a week before International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Last September, a Holocaust monument in Ukraine was vandalized with graffiti and a note threatening another genocide.

Two months later, an unidentified group of vandals painted a swastika graffiti on the monument in Kiev honoring Sholom Aleichem, the father of Jewish literature.

Meanwhile in Russia, reported JTA, police arrested a 30-year-old man for painting a cross and pouring yellow paint on a monument for Holocaust victims in Aksay, a village outside the city of Rostov-on-Don near the border with Ukraine.

The man had a dispute with an employer and vented his frustration by destroying the monument, the news site Volga Kaspiy reported but did not specify whether the employer was Jewish.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Rosh Hashanah in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)