Pro-Russians Vandalize Crimean Holocaust Memorial

Assailants spray hammer and sickle, 'USSR' on Sevastopol memorial to 4,200 who were murdered in 1942.

The vandalized Holocaust memorial in Sevastopol
The vandalized Holocaust memorial in Sevastopol. Screenshot from the Sevastopol Gazette

The Holocaust Memorial in Sevastopol, Crimea, was sprayed with pro-Russian graffiti, the local Sevastopolskaya Gazeta reported on Tuesday.

The memorial, which was erected in memory of the 4,200 Jews who were murdered in the city in July, 1942, was sprayed with a red star, a hammer and sickle and the letters "USSR."

According to the report, the Sevastopol Jewish Welfare Center Hesed Shahar reported the incident to the authorities, who have yet to respond.

The Holocaust memorial was vandalized in 2006, when assailants sprayed it with neo-Nazi slogans.

The report follows a spate of suspected anti-Semitic attacks in Ukraine. Earlier on Tuesday, swastikas were sprayed by unknown assailants on the tomb of Dov Ber Schneerson, brother of the late Lubavicher Rebbe, Rabbi Menahem Mendel Schneerson, in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine.

On Saturday, the main synagogue in the city of Nikolayev was reportedly firebombed, and last week, masked men handed out fliers in Donetsk ordering all Jews to register with the new pro-Russian authority or face deportations. However, Denis Pushilin, head of the separatist Donetsk People's Republic, later said the documents were fake.