Grenoble Holocaust Memorial Plaque Defaced by Antisemitic Vandals Twice in Week

July 11, 2021

Swastika graffiti was found on a commemoration plaque for Auschwitz-Birkenau deportees in the southeastern French city of Grenoble on Friday morning.

Municipal police made the discovery at around 8:30 AM in Grenoble’s Place Paul Mistral.

This came only two days after antisemitic vandals used a blowtorch to engrave swastikas into the same Holocaust memorial.

Police are investigating the incidents.

In May, an official from the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions (CRIF) accused Grenoble’s City Council of displaying “visceral antisemitism” by parroting Palestinian propaganda during the Israel-Gaza flare-up.

Several hundred Jews live in Grenoble. Two and a half years ago, Grenoble Rabbi Nissim Sultan said half of the city’s core Jewish community had left due to endemic antisemitism.

“Each [antisemitic] inscription increased our awareness of a global reality that makes people fear for their children at school, in the street,” he noted.