On June 28, 2017 police arrested a young African American for vandalizing the city’s Holocaust Memorial during the night before.
The memorial components house six glass towers at a height of 54 feet each. The number six has a few meanings concerning the Holocaust memory, such as the six million Jews who died during the six years of “the final solution” level (1939-1945) in six death camps. Each glass piece is etched with rows of numbers, signifying the numbers tattooed on the arms of Auschwitz concentration camp victims. Since the establishment of the monument in 1995, the planners duplicated each panel as a reserve for such cases.
The suspect, 21 years old James Isaac was seen throwing a large stone at the glass, after getting into an argument with a group of people around 2 a.m., according to the Assistant District Attorney Anthony Rizzo. Prosecutors say he lost his temper after a man refused to tell him the time.
Defense Attorney Anthony Rizzo argued that the defendant is homeless and lives under difficult life circumstances, such as the death of his father at a young age. He struggles with mental host, claims the Attorney.
The mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh, reacted rapidly. “This morning’s vandalism of the Holocaust memorial site will not be tolerated in Boston. Together with the Boston Police, we will make sure anyone involved in this act will be held responsible.”
Izzy Arbeiter, a Holocaust survivor who attended the place, still has a hard time to believe there was no antisemitic intention hidden in the act: “why did they choose this place?” he asks. The police as well had not ruled out the option of a hate crime.
Source: CBS Boston
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By: Roni Zedek