Skip to comments.Vandals desecrate Jewish graves, synagogues in St. Petersburg
Posted on 12/18/2004 1:35:59 PM PST by yonif
Vandals defiled a Jewish cemetery in St. Petersburg for the second time this year, scrawling swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti on 30 graves and a synagogue, Jewish leaders said Friday.
Mark Grubarg, head of St. Petersburg Jewish Community, called on police to do more to protect the cemetery, where people found "Jews Get Out of the Country!", "Long Live Holocaust!" and "Heil Hitler!" scrawled on the synagogue. Graves were covered with swastikas and Nazi SS signs.
"This is the worst thing to defile something sacred, the history. And it's so low to fight the dead," Grubarg said.
The cemetery was also vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti in February.
Grubarg said the incident flies in the face of President Vladimir Putin's calls to prevent any sort of extremism or intolerance in Russia.
"Such actions present a big danger for such a multinational state as Russia," he said.
Vandalism of Jewish sites in Russia has become more frequent in recent years, Jewish leaders say.
Anti-Semitic acts, including violence, are occasionally reported, but top Jewish leaders have largely praised the efforts of Putin's government in encouraging religious tolerance.
The "blockade", ofcourse, refers to the 900 day siege of Leningrand (St.Petersburg) by the Nazis in WW2. In just two months, January and February of 1942, 200,000 people died in Leningrad of cold and starvation. - source.
Descrecrating graves should be punishable by long prison sentences, because of the grotesque nature of the crime. I have trouble believing, though, it was ethnic Russians in the city formerly named Leningrad that did this. A Russian in Leningrad/St.Petersburg heiling Hitler, and painting the hated swastikas?!
And just speaking objectively, the phrases are about as stereotyped as Tawana Brawley's "KKK, N*gger" attempt.
But I can't imagine Jews violating Jewish graves, so is there sizable Muslim community in St. Petersburg?
You are right in everything you say. The principal belief among the new left of the 21st century is that the eradication of the Jews will bring about world peace. And unfortunately, Your Young People are the main subscribers to this theory.
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