Vandals leave anti-Semitic hate symbols at Westchester County Holocaust memorial

White Plains Holocaust Garden of Remembrance
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By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Vandals left anti-Semitic hate symbols at a Westchester County Holocaust memorial, officials said Tuesday, on the eve of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism.

The anti-sematic stickers and posters were placed at the Garden of Remembrance in White Plains.

County executive George Latimer said on the county’s Facebook page that the vandalism would lead to increased police presence.

"We are enraged by this act and heartbroken that individuals would target members of our community on the most solemn day in their tradition,” Latimer said. "County police are actively investigating and reviewing video of the area; we seek to find and punish those who did this act. We as a county, people of all faiths, stand with our Jewish brothers and sisters today and always."

Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement condemning the acts, which read, “I am disgusted by the desecration of a Holocaust memorial in White Plains on the eve of Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.

“More than 74 years ago the entire world reeled in shock, horror and sorrow over the senseless murder of more than six million Jews — mothers, fathers, children, grandparents, uncles, aunts, friends and neighbors. Vandalizing a memorial lovingly built in their honor is a revolting and cowardly act, and I have directed the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to offer assistance to local authorities investigating this heinous act to ensure those responsible are held accountable.”

The memorial was built in 1990 and is found outside Westchester County’s Michaelian Office Building on Martine Avenue.

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