Vandals topple Holocaust monument in Kaunas

- A monument to Holocaust victims was found toppled in Kaunas on Tuesday, the police have reported. The local Jewish community does not believe it was a hate crime.

The police have launched an investigation into the destruction or damage to property.

The monument located in the Kaunas district of Petrašiūnai has been erected to commemorate some 150 Jews murdered at that site during World War Two.

Gercas Žakas, the chairman of Kaunas Jewish community said he did not believe it was a crime directed against Jews, but added it was still hurtful.

“You react negatively, some scoundrels do appear from time to time. I think it might not be necessarily targeted against the Jews. Perhaps it was a gathering of young people, some hooligans… We should be happy that the monument was just toppled and not broken,” he told reporters on Wednesday, noting that no antisemitic or otherwise hateful writings were left on the monument.

Source: kauno.diena
Photo: Kaunas branch of the Cultural Heritage Department