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Holocaust Victims' Memorial Stone Vandalized In Belarus

  • RFE/RL's Belarus Service

It is the second time the Holocaust memorial has been vandalized in the past five years.

It is the second time the Holocaust memorial has been vandalized in the past five years.

MAHILEU, Belarus -- Vandals have desecrated a memorial to the victims of the Holocaust in the eastern Belarusian city of Mahileu.

Authorities said on November 21 that unknown perpetrators had poured black paint on the stone over the weekend.

The stone marks the site of the Jewish ghetto in Mahileu during the Nazi World War II occupation of the 1940s.

In June, 2012, unknown perpetrators poured brown paint on the same stone. Nobody was held responsible then.

Jews have lived in Mahileu since the 16th century. In the 19th century, the town was a center of Jewish religious study and Hassidism.

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