The Buchenwald concentration camp memorial said that seven trees planted to honor the memory of those murdered in the death camp by the Nazis were chopped down by vandals.
The memorial foundation posted images of the destruction on Twitter on Wednesday, saying that the trees had been destroyed on Tuesday.
The photos showed trees with their trunks chopped in half, with the top parts of the trees on the ground.
“Inappropriate: Near the memorial, unknown people sawed down seven trees that commemorate the victims of the concentration camp Buchenwald ("1000 beeches" project). One of the trees was dedicated to the killed children of Buchenwald. We are appalled by the targeted attack on commemoration,” the German language account said.
The foundation filed a report with the police, the Associated Press reported.
The trees were part of the “1,000 beeches” project and were planted on a path outside the camp on which prisoners were marched.
“Pure evil! Seven trees at the Buchenwald Concentration Camp memorial have been cut. One memorialized the children of Buchenwald that were murdered,” the StopAntisemitism advocacy group tweeted.
Over 56,000 prisoners at Buchenwald were murdered by the Nazis or died as a result of mistreatment before the camp was liberated in 1945.