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Anti-Semitic graffiti found on Auschwitz-Birkenau buildings

Anti-Semitic graffiti found on Auschwitz-Birkenau buildings
Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum called for information about graffiti discovered Tuesday on multiple barracks buildings. File Photo by Debbie Hill/UPI | License Photo

Oct. 5 (UPI) -- The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum announced Tuesday that its staffers discovered anti-Semitic graffiti spray painted on nine wooden barracks at the site in Poland.

A statement made by the museum on Twitter said that the messages were written in English and German and included writing referencing an Old Testament passage "often used by anti-Semites." The graffiti also included "denial slogans."

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The museum reported the vandalization to police and were analyzing surveillance video at the site. Officials called for visitors who may have information about the incident to share it with the museum.

"Such incident -- an offense against the memorial site -- is, above all, an outrageous attack on the symbol of one of the greatest tragedies in human history and an extremely painful blow to the memory of all the victims of the German Nazi Auschwitz-Birkenau camp," the museum said.

The museum said that once police have completed their investigation, workers will remove all traces of the graffiti from the buildings.

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