Anti-Semitic graffiti sprayed on a shop in Paris has brought back memories of the darkest days of the Holocaust.
The word “Juden” – German for Jew – was painted in yellow on the window of a bagel store in the city’s 4th arrondissement on Saturday night.
Ab even more chilling detail is that the 4th district in the French capital was the historic area of the where thousands of men, women, and children were rounded up by collaborating French police and German soldiers during the Second World War.
Many were forced to wear yellow stars identifying their religion, and their businesses were ‘tagged’ with the word Jew before they were taken to their deaths in concentration camps.
“An anti-Semitic tag in the middle of Paris,” said France’s Interior Minister, Christophe Castaner, as he reacted to the latest outrage.
He added: “One too many. Juden in yellow letters, as if the most tragic lessons of history no longer enlighten [our] consciences.
“Our answer: to do everything to make sure the perpetrator of this outrage is prosecuted. Our pledge – don’t let anything pass.”
Gilles Abecassis, the owner of the Bagelstein shop on the Ile St Louis said: “We discovered this tag on Saturday morning and it was probably done overnight from Friday to Saturday.”
This was the day that the Yellow Vests – the social movement threatening President Emmanuel Macron’s government – went on the rampage around Paris for the 13thSaturday in a row.
They have been associated with a number of anti-Jewish incidents, and are known to number neo-Nazis in their ranks, but there was no immediate evidence linking them with the bagel shop incident.
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