Swastika Painted on Berlin Memorial to Roma Killed by Nazis

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This Berlin memorial to the Roma and Sinti of Europe murdered by the Nazis was vandalized. October 24, 2012. Credit: AFP

A swastika has been painted on a monument in Berlin to Sinti and Roma people killed by the Nazis, the foundation that created the city-center memorial said Thursday.

The Nazi symbol and a German word meaning "Gas them" was immediately scrubbed off the memorial which was opened in 2012 in a city park close to the Holocaust memorial and a memorial for homosexual victims.

Up to 500,000 people were killed by the Nazis only because they belonged to traveller ethnic groups. Police are investigating.

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