Swastikas spray-painted on headstones of Jewish cemeteries

Jewish cemetery on German Hill Road (Google Maps screenshot)

More than a dozen separate headstones or monuments have been desecrated with spray-painted swastikas at the German Hill Road Jewish Cemeteries, according to JMORE. The vandalism was initially discovered around the July 4 holiday.

“Hearing the news of swastikas being drawn on cemetery headstones was both despicable and repulsive,” Marc B. Terrill, president of The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore, said in a statement, according to JMORE. “This situation also underscores our fight against hate and antisemitism remains critical. There is much work to be done and our network of Agencies are actively engaged in that fight.”

These acts of vandalism follow a series of swastikas that started appearing in mid-June in the Fells Point area. Fells Points residents Kimberlee Swift and Luann Carra, with help from Baltimore City Councilmember Zeke Cohen, began painting over the swastikas with rainbow hearts. 

7/8/21 11:53 a.m. Correction: This article has been updated to correct details about the location of the German Hill Road Jewish Cemeteries, which are located in Baltimore City, and not in Dundalk.

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