PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There’s outrage in the Jewish community after vandals deface a Holocaust memorial in Philadelphia.
Max Tuttleman of Center City made the discovery Thursday – A swastika spray painted within yards of the Monument to Six Million Jewish Martyrs at 16th and the Parkway.READ MORE: “School Girls,” Directed By Temple University’s Amina Robinson, Tackles Difficult Topics
“It’s just very upsetting. Why would something like this have to happen? And who would do such a thing?” Tuttleman said.
Eyewitness News has learned the sculpture was donated to the city and it serves as a memorial where an annual ceremony is held to honor the victims of the Holocaust. The hate graffiti for Tuttleman hit home.READ MORE: 5 People Shot Near Temple University, Philadelphia Police Say
“The Holocaust has always been very integral part of my life. My grandparents were Holocaust survivors and seeing this brought this such a level of frustration. Tolerating something like this is not even an option,” Tuttleman went onto explain, “Anti-Semitism is not something that’s a joking matter at all. All we can do is bring awareness to these types of issues and hope that something will change.”
Police say they are investigating this as a bias incident and when the culprit is caught, the person will be charged with ethnic intimidation and related offenses. Police say their search for clues is continuing.MORE NEWS: PPA Adding Patrols To Monitor Illegally Parked Cars In Bike Lanes Amid Growing Number Of Bicyclists Killed In Philly