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Vandals Desecrate Holocaust Memorial In Belarus

The desecrated memorial in Minsk on November 13 (RFE/RL) November 14, 2006 -- Vandals desecrated a memorial to Jewish victims of the Nazi Holocaust in Belarus, painting a swastika in the center of it and posting leaflets that warned against "enemies and traitors of our Fatherland."

A Jewish leader said that in the incident on the night of November 12-13, attackers also threw white paint on sculptures that are part of the memorial in the center of the capital, Minsk.

The memorial honors the estimated 800,000 Jews who were killed in Belarus by the Nazis. A swastika and anti-Semitic graffiti were also painted the same night on a building housing a Jewish cultural center in Minsk.