August 11, 2021

France - Swastikas daubed on French memorial to Holocaust survivor Simone Veil

Peros Guirec
- A stone memorial commemorating the life of Holocaust survivor and former minister Simone Veil has been defaced with swastikas, police said Wednesday, sparking new concern over antisemitism in France.

The memorial to Veil at Peros Guirec in the western Brittany region was found to have been daubed with the Nazi insignia in the morning. An investigation has been opened.

Veil, born in 1917, survived the Holocaust to become a celebrated figure in French politics, fighting for abortion rights, battling antisemitism and also serving as speaker of the European Parliament.

As a teenager she was deported to Auschwitz and lost her mother, father and brother in the camps.

Veil died in 2017 and in 2018 President Emmanuel Macron decreed she should have the honor of a final resting place in the Pantheon in Paris that holds the tombs of France's greatest heroes.

"Simone Veil is a French and global figure in women's rights, Europe and the fight against antisemitism," junior interior minister Marlene Schiappa wrote on Twitter.

"To deface her memorial is to deface France! These heinous acts must not go unpunished," she added.

The memorial, which was inaugurated in 2017, has now been cleaned.

Source: ynetnews