“Such an incident – a crime against the memorial site – is, above all, a humiliating attack on the symbol of one of the greatest tragedies in human history and an extremely painful blow to the memory of all the victims of the German Nazi Auschwitz. – Birkenau Camp,” the statement read.
“We hope that the person or persons who committed this outrageous act will be found and punished.”
Auschwitz-Birkenau, established in Nazi-occupied Poland, was the largest concentration camp run by Hitler’s regime. More than 1.1 million men, women and children were systematically murdered in the camp’s gas chambers. About 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust.
The museum said protection is being “continuously” expanded on the 170-hectare site, but it is financed from the budget of the museum, which has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
The number of anti-Semitic incidents in Germany has been rising steadily in recent years, Deutsche Welle reported in February.
The report noted that in the 12 months to the end of January 2021, there were at least 2,275 anti-Semitic crimes, 55 of which were violent.