Elie Wiesel vandalism: Institute decries 'grotesque' attack on childhood home

House of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel vandalised in Romania

House of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel vandalised in Romania

The Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry said it "firmly condemns any anti-Semitic gestures and any behaviour or expression that promotes intolerance and xenophobia".

Offensive slogans were written on the external walls on the Memorial House Elie Wiesel in Sighet, in eastern Romania - where he was born - in what police are saying was an anti-Semitic incident.

The emergence of anti-Semitic graffiti on the home of Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, the Romanian public is regarded as a crime against humanity and the police as a criminal.

Wiesel was born in Sighetu Marmatiei, in the family of Vizhnitsa Hasidim, was held in Auschwitz and Buchenwald, was subsequently moved to the U.S. and became the largest distributor of memories and knowledge about the Holocaust and about the atrocities of the German fascists.

County council officials said they had identified suspects in Sighetu Marmatiei.

Also, the attackers left sending in the address of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. leader Donald trump.

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The one-story, baby blue-and-white structure sits on a well-trafficked corner amid shops and flats. His mother and younger sister died in the camp and Wiesel was moved to Buchenwald with his father, who died shortly before Allied forces liberated the prisoners in 1945.

A group of Romanian high school students waiting outside Elie Wiesel's childhood home to take a tour of the now Holocaust museum, Monday, September 11, 2017.

In awarding him the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel committee called him "one of the most important spiritual leaders and guides in an age when violence, repression and racism continue to characterize the world".

He died in 2016 in NY with dozens of books to his name, including "Night", which detailed his and his family's time in concentration camps.

"My husband was a fighter", his wife, Marion, said, upon his death. He cited several recent cases, including the failure by authorities to prosecute Gheorghe Funar, a former mayor of the city of Cluj who past year said in a filmed speech that the "Romanians are victims of Jews within" who perpetrated "the greatest Holocaust in human history".

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