Romania Arrests Man Suspected of Spraying anti-Semitic Graffiti on Elie Wiesel House

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Romanian police arrested a 37-year-old man whom they suspect wrote anti-Semitic slogans on the childhood home of Elie Wiesel.

The man, whose name was not disclosed by police, is believed to have written in fluorescent pink graffiti the words “public toilet” and “Nazi Jew lying in hell with Hitler,” as well as “Anti-Semite pedophile.”

Wiesel died in 2016 at the age of 87. A Nobel peace prize laureate for his body of work on activism on behalf of fellow Holocaust survivors and those who were killed, he was honored last year by locals in his hometown of Sighet, in east Romania.

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They marched from the museum, which was built where Wiesel was born and grew up, to the train station where he and his family boarded a train to the Auschwitz death camp in Poland in 1944.

Elie Wiesel, pictured in 2009.Credit: Bela Szandelszky, AP

The suspect was arrested last week for the vandalism, which was discovered on August 4, the news site digi24 last week reported.

The arrest “comes as a relief,” said Chaim Chesler, co-founder of Limmud FSU. Chesler’s group, which organizes cultural events for Jews across the former Soviet Union and other places where many Russian-speaking Jews live, was responsible for the 2016 memorial march for Wiesel in Sighet.

The graffiti incident “caused pain and outrage all over the world but it is reassuring to see that justice is being served,” Chesler added.

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