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  The Oregon Holocaust Memorial in Portland has been defaced by anti-semitic graffiti   Swastikas found on Oregon Holocaust Memorial  

Story by Associated Press
Published on Wednesday May 5, 2021 - 4:59 AM

PORTLAND, Oregon - The Oregon Holocaust Memorial in Portland has been defaced by anti-semitic graffiti.

The vandalism, which included spray-painted swastikas and other neo-Nazi symbolism, was discovered late Sunday on the memorial in the city's Washington Park, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Monday.

The Portland Police Bureau is investigating and ask surrounding residents to review their security camera footage for signs of the perpetrators.

The memorial was dedicated in 2004 and includes the engraved names of people who died in the camps, as well as their surviving relatives who live in Oregon and southwest Washington.


Swastikas found on Oregon Holocaust Memorial


The Oregon Holocaust Memorial in Portland was vandalized over the weekend with Nazi swastikas and other antisemitic messages.

The Portland Police Department says it was notified about the graffiti spray-painted on the memorial early Sunday morning, with similar tags seen on street signs and concrete barriers in the neighbourhood.

The vandalism reportedly included the numbers "1488," a symbol popular among neo-Nazis and other white supremacists.

No arrests have been made and there is no suspect information available at this time, Portland officials said in a statement. The graffiti has since been removed by maintenance crews, according to The Oregonian...



Oregon Holocaust Memorial


The Oregon Holocaust Memorial is an outdoor memorial dedicated to victims of the Holocaust. Located in Portland, Oregon's Washington Park, the memorial was dedicated on August 29, 2004. Owned by the American Jewish Committee and constructed by Atlas Landscape Architecture and the Walsh Construction Company, the idea for a memorial was proposed in 1994 by Alice Kern and a local group of Holocaust survivors that met through the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center. According to Fodor's, the memorial is open daily from dawn to dusk and admission is free of charge.


The memorial features a stone bench with wrought iron gating around a cobblestone circle. Scattered bronzes of common objects such as shoes, glasses, and a suitcase represent items left behind by those persecuted during the Holocaust. A cobblestone walkway, with granite bars simulating railroad tracks, leads to a wall containing a history of the Holocaust as well as quotes from survivors. The memorial also contains a 'soil vault panel', which covers soil and ash from six extermination camps of the Holocaust brought back by local residents. Engraved on the back of the wall are the names of people who died in the camps, as well as the names of their surviving relatives in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Author and designer John Laursen created the lettering for the memorial. Other design team members included artists Tad Savinar and Paul Sutinen, landscape architects John Warner, Marianne Zarkin and Marlene Salon, and historian Marshall Lee.


The total estimated cost of construction was $800,000, funded by grants and private donations. The primary contractor for the project was Oregon's Walsh Construction Company. Minnesota-based Coldspring Granite Company provided granite for the memorial.


Officers received a report of graffiti at the memorial on Sunday morning. They found similar graffiti on street signs and concrete barriers in the neighbourhood.