Fountain dedicated to Holocaust survivors vandalized at Santa Rosa cemetery

A fountain at the Holocaust memorial, at Santa Rosa Memorial Park, 
was toppled over the weekend. 
(Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)
Santa Rosa, CA - A fountain dedicated to Holocaust survivors was toppled onto the ground in pieces over the weekend at Santa Rosa Memorial Park, where police are investigating the act of vandalism to determine if it is a hate crime.

The fountain was part of a memorial created for the late Lillian Judd and her husband Emil, beloved figures in the local Jewish community who survived Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Jews visiting the northeast Santa Rosa cemetery used the fountain for ritual washing and cleansing.

On the opposite end of the cemetery, a maintenance trailer had walls damaged, equipment tossed around and shelves knocked down though nothing stolen, said Tim Maloney, general manager of the cemetery.

The tile-covered memorial was not defaced during the intrusion, which occurred late Sunday night or early Monday morning, but Maloney called the destruction an “unfortunate circumstance.”

Santa Rosa Police on Monday were unsure if the two vandalism acts are connected, Sgt. Dave Linscomb said.

There were no tool marks on the fallen stone, or visible evidence to indicate the fountain was struck down, he said, which means it was most likely pushed off its foundation.

Given the scale of the damage, any charges would be felonies, Linscomb said. And since the memorial has religious significance, hate crime charges are possible if police uncover an anti-Semitic motive.


Source: pressdemocrat