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Trash dumped on Holocaust monument in Philadelphia days after being vandalized with swastika


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One of Philadelphia's Holocaust memorials has been vandalized for the second time in days after police said someone dumped trash at the site days after a swastika was painted on a nearby wall.

Police stated on Tuesday afternoon, the base of a monument at the Horowtiz-Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza was littered with piles of trash.

This hate crime comes just days after surveillance video captured a suspect spray-painting a swastika on a wall of the Arch Street memorial over the weekend. 


Philadelphia police and Homeland Security are currently investigating the situation.

"This reprehensible act not only desecrates a symbol of remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust but also highlights the disturbing rise in antisemitism plaguing our community," Anti-Defamation League Philadelphia Regional Director Andrew Goretsky said in a statement on the social media platform X. "We must unite against such hatred, reaffirm out commitment to tolerance, and work collectively to eradicate bigotry."

A suspect has not yet been identified, but police described him as wearing a black mask and a dark jacket, possibly brown, with a stripe across the chest and down the arms. 

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Central Detectives at (215) 686-3093. 

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