Jewish soldiers' graves desecrated in Verdun

7th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

VERDUN, France, May 7 (AFP) - A memorial to French Jewish soldiers who died at the World War I battle of Verdun was defaced with Nazi slogans and swastikas on the eve of commemorative ceremonies expected to draw large numbers of visitors, police said Friday.

VERDUN, France, May 7 (AFP) - A memorial to French Jewish soldiers who died at the World War I battle of Verdun was defaced with Nazi slogans and swastikas on the eve of commemorative ceremonies expected to draw large numbers of visitors, police said Friday.

The monument, representing the tables of the Mosaic law, stands opposite the huge national necropolis at Douaumont, where the 59th anniversary of the end of World War II hostilities in Europe will be marked on Saturday.

The French minister for army veterans, Hamlaoui Mekachera, started legal proceedings so "the guilty can be quickly found and punished with the severity required" for such "odious" and "unspeakable" acts, the ministry said in a statement.

The attack on the monument followed a rash of anti-Semitic incidents in France, including the desecration of 127 graves in a Jewish cemetery in the village of Herrlisheim, eastern France, last weekend.

On Thursday, French Education Minister Francois Fillon attended a multi-faith ceremony at Herrlisheim and promised justice would be done.


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