Holocaust Memorial Shattered in Greece, Days Before International Remembrance Day

Monument damaged is located in a Jewish graveyard in Thessaloniki, which was destroyed by the Nazis in 1942

A monument at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in Greece, commemorating the Jewish population of the city that was wiped out during the Holocaust, was damaged on Friday, the Greek media reported.

The monument is located in a Jewish graveyard that had been destroyed by the Nazis in 1942. Its marble slabs were shattered by anonymous assailants. 

The most recent act of vandalism, which took place two days before International Holocaust Remembrance Day, was the third time the monument had been defaced. The previous time, in July 2018, a swastika was spray painted on the monument.

The University was quick to denounce the event, and said "we call upon our community to be vigilant against all incidents of racially motivated hatred, blind violence and destruction."

The city of Thessaloniki planned several events in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday. Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos will participate in the ceremonies.