Swastika graffiti appears on the synagogue in Dresden
Swastika graffiti has appeared on the walls of the synagogue in Dresden. Unidentified perpetrators painted the graffiti on the eve of the anniversary of Kristallnacht, covering approximately six meters of brickwork. Police have confirmed the reports to DPA, which first heard the news on radio station MDR 1 out of Saxony.
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 now being investigated by the Special Commission on Right-wing Extremism as well as other police units evaluating the evidence.
During Kristallnacht on the night of 9 November and the early morning hours of 10 November 1938, synagogues were set on fire throughout what was then the Third Reich. Hundreds of Jewish businesses, homes and cemeteries were also destroyed. The Nazi spree of violence took the lives of 400 people and marked the beginning of the systematic persecution and murder of the Jews.
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.