Swastikas daubed on Jewish memorials in East

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14 November 2006, Cottbus, Germany (dpa) - Suspected neo-Nazis daubed swastikas on a Jewish cemetery memorial in the eastern German city of Cottbus, police said Tuesday. Swastikas were painted on both a sign marking the former cemetery and a stone with the name of a local Jewish citizen who was deported to the Nazi concentration camps. A further five memorial stones were stolen, police said. Last week rightists vandalised a memorial to victims of the 1938 "Kristallnacht" in the nearby city of Frankfurt an

14 November 2006

Cottbus, Germany (dpa) - Suspected neo-Nazis daubed swastikas on a Jewish cemetery memorial in the eastern German city of Cottbus, police said Tuesday.

Swastikas were painted on both a sign marking the former cemetery and a stone with the name of a local Jewish citizen who was deported to the Nazi concentration camps. A further five memorial stones were stolen, police said.

Last week rightists vandalised a memorial to victims of the 1938 "Kristallnacht" in the nearby city of Frankfurt an der Oder.

The so-called night of broken glass marked the start of the Holocaust with the burning of over 1,600 synagogues in Germany and the deportation of 30,000 Jews to concentration camps.

Police detained 16 people in connection with the Frankfurt an der Oder incident.

Both cities are in the economically hard hit eastern German state of Brandenburg near the Polish border. Unemployment in the state is almost 16 per cent.

Brandenburg had the second highest rate of neo-Nazi crime in 2005 on a per capita basis out of all 16 German states, according to figures from the domestic security agency or Verfassungsschutz.

Last month the leader of Germany's Central Council of Jews, Charlotte Knobloch, said the rising level of rightist violence in Germany reminded her of the period after 1933 when Hitler came to power.

Knobloch, who is a Holocaust survivor, was reacting to official police figures showing a 20 per cent rise in neo-Nazi crime during the first nine months of this year.

DPA

Subject: German news

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