The memorial marking the place where the old synagogue in Strasbourg stood until World War II was probably subjected to vandalism night on Saturday.
Vice-spokesman Alain Fontanel says in the media there is a “vandalism” that is marked by anti-Semitism. There has been an increase in anti-Semitic actions in the area, and for only eleven days, several were digging the disaster and reminded the crook of a Jewish cemetery outside the city.
– It is most likely, unfortunately, a new anti-Semitic act in our city, wrote Fontanel on Facebook before he met the press.
– One more time
– One more time. That’s enough now, Mayor Roland Ries wrote on Facebook before he visited the site on Saturday to investigate the memorial stone.
The police will investigate surveillance material and question witnesses to determine whether the weekend’s event was an accident or a deliberate act, a source said.
The memorial that was inflicted on Saturday night is a 1.6 ton rock that is laid down along the street that has been named The Court of Justice’s Avenue. The stone is dedicated to non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews from the Holocaust.
The synagogue was built in the late 1800s when the city was part of Germany. After World War I, Alsace again became French, before Nazi Germany occupied and annexed the area at the beginning of World War II. The synagogue was looted and later completely destroyed after members of the Nazi youth organization Hitlerjugend burned it to the ground.
The recent vandalism of the synagogue has aroused “disgust, anger, and sadness” among the city’s Muslims, according to a statement from the largest mosque in Strasbourg.