Warsaw –Spray painted graffiti has been found on nine wooden barracks in the the museum said Tuesday. The Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum called the inscriptions “a scandalous attack on the symbol of one of the greatest tragedies in human history.”
The graffiti included “two references to the Old Testament, often used by anti-Semites, and slogans of denial” written in English and German, the museum said.
Museum authorities reported the graffiti to the police and were analyzing the video surveillance. They also asked visitors who have witnessed the incident or have been in the vicinity of the barracks to get in touch and send photos.
Once police have completed their investigation, the graffiti will be removed, the museum said.
The statement said security at the 420-acre site was constantly expanding, but noted that the museum’s budget had been affected by the pandemic.
About 1.1 million people, the vast majority of them Jews, died in the camp established on Polish soil by Nazi Germany during World War II.