As Germany marks anniversary of Kristallnacht, German synagogue vandalized with swastikas

Via JTA:

According to police reports, an outer wall of the Dresden synagogue's community center was marked with large, black swastikas and hate slogans at some point late on Saturday night. Police are investigating the crime as likely having right-wing extremist roots, reports said. The synagogue was dedicated in November 2001, and is supposedly guarded around the clock, as are virtually all Jewish institutions in Germany.

Saturday's vandalism of the synagogue took place on the eve of the 71st anniversary of the Kristallnacht anti-Jewish pogrom, during which hundreds of synagogues across Germany and Austria were destroyed. But most Germans didn't notice - they were too busy celebrating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Charlotte Knobloch, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, suggested in a statement Monday.

"Anti-Semitism and incitement of hate in Germany remain a serious problem," she said, noting that Germany has counted about 550 anti-Semitic crimes in the first half of 2009.

"We must not forget that the November pogrom of 71 years ago presaged the opening of the gates to Auschwitz." said Knobloch.

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