Holocaust memorial vandalization poses global issue

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From Greece to Boston, Holocaust memorial vandalizations have become increasingly more common. While this unfortunate occurrence has been happening since the end of the Holocaust, the increased activity is truly alarming.

The frightening act has been taking place all around the world, with a notable amount of instances throughout Europe. Most recently though, in the Greek town of Kavala, a Holocaust memorial stone was vandalized merely two weeks after its unveiling.

The vandalization was thought to have been a result of mayor Dimitra Tsanaka's initial objection to including the Star of David on the memorial. She initially postponed the dedication, but she relented after receiving international backlash. Not surprisingly, Greece ranks as the most anti-Semitic country in Europe on the Anti-Defamation League's global index.

With that being said, this anti-Semitic activity isn't new for Kavla, and it definitely isn't new for Greece. Just last month, the town's Jewish cemetery was completely defaced, and on a more global scale, the vandalization of Holocaust memorials isn't new at all. We've seen incidents occur everywhere from Budapest, to the Ukraine, to the US, and although it would be lovely for it to all come to a universal end, that doesn't seem to be in the near future.

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