FLORIDA: Swastikas Spray-painted on Coral Springs Jewish Community Center


(Sun Sentinel) On the 71st anniversary of what is considered to be the beginning of the Holocaust, workers at a Coral Springs Jewish community center found swastikas scrawled on the walls this morning.

Kristallnacht – which translates to "night of the broken glass" - was a pogrom in Germany and Austria on Nov. 9, 1938. That night, 400 Jews were murdered; almost 30,000 were arrested and sent to concentration camps; 856 synagogues were destroyed; and thousands of homes and businesses were ransacked.

"We don't know if it's circumstantial or there's some linkage right now," said Andrew Rosenkranz, regional director of the Florida Anti-Defamation League.

Employees of the Soref Jewish Community Center at 5601 Coral Ridge Drive said they found the swastikas and the expression "jews shall die" written in gold spray paint when they arrived at the center at 8:30 a.m.

"It's almost too emotional. I can't believe that in our own back yard, in our community this is taking place in 2009. It's just incredible," Donald Graw, Executive Director of the center, told WFOR-Ch. 4.

Police are investigating. Police Chief Duncan Foster said authorities don't know yet if this is the work of teenage mischief or something more.

He said the vandals used "pretty strong language."

"Obviously we've assigned detectives to it," Foster said. "We're taking it real seriously. It was horrific to see that in today's day and age. This is a community center where small children are. It's shocking to a community."

Rosenkranz called the act "disgusting and atrocious."

"The impact is especially atrocious when it's in front of children," he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS or Detective Edward DeRosa of the



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