Dresden synagogue defaced with swastikas —on Kristallnacht anniversary

Giant swastikas appeared on the walls of the synagogue in Dresden, Germany, on the eve of the anniversary of Kristallnacht Nov. 8. Unidentified perpetrators painted the graffiti, covering approximately six meters of brickwork. Heinz-Joachim Aris, chair of the State Union of Jewish Communities in Saxony, said he was disgusted and frightened by the crime. He also said he does not understand how it could have happened, as the synagogue is usually guarded. The case is being investigated by the Special Commission on Right-wing Extremism.

Saxony is one of the German states where right-wing extremists are currently flourishing. The extreme-right National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD) has supporters there and sits in the state parliament in Dresden. NPD deputies also sit in the parliament in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Upper Pomerania. (Romea, Prague, Nov. 9)

See our last post on Jew-hatred and the radical right resurgence in Central Europe.

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