Germany: More than 40 tombstones vandalized in Jewish cemetery – 2 neo-Nazis arrested

Germany: More than 40 tombstones vandalized in Jewish cemetery - 2 neo-Nazis arrested

More than 40 gravestones were vandalized in a Jewish cemetery in the western German town of Geilenkirchen. 

According to local media, two masked neo-Nazis arrived at the Jewish cemetery on Monday at around 3 am local time. There, they proceeded to knock over and spray with blue paint dozens of gravestones.

Police arrested two neo-Nazis aged 21 and 33, following a tip-off from a witness who spotted the vandalism and alerted the authorities.

The neo-Nazis, both known to police as far-right extremists, were released later in the day in agreement with the district court.

Last week, anti-Semitic vandals of unknown ethnicity damaged some 22 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery in northern Slovakia, the second such hate crime in the country this month.

On December 16, 59 gravestones were found knocked down and set on fire in the Jewish cemetery of Namestovo, a town in northern Slovakia near the Polish border.