It’s the second defacing the New England Holocaust Memorial has seen this summer.The Boston Holocaust Memorial has suffered a second attack this summer. According to the Boston Police, a 17-year-old boy from Malden, Massachusetts vandalized the memorial using a rock. The offender, whose name had not been revealed, shattered the delicate glass adorning the memorial. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges pressed against his unlawful act. The police maintain the boy willfully and maliciously destroyed the property. The boy may have gotten away had it not been for the assistance of two bystanders who thought it wise to detain him as they awaited the action of uniformed officers.
The 54-foot memorial tower was made to commemorate the Jews who were sent to die in Nazi camps. A lot of work and effort was put in constructing the glass structure which ingrained millions of numbers representing the Jews who suffered in the Holocaust. Many people including Mayor Marty Walsh have been saddened by the act that seems to rekindle unpleasant memories.
A review of recent events in Charlottesville reveals that there has been unrest with casualties this past weekend. The memorial’s previous attacker was later discovered to be mentally challenged. Before it was rededicated this July, the memorial was repaired after it had been destroyed by a rock. The trend of events is not very promising given that Nazism seems to be on the rise again in the country. One of the Jewish Community Relations Council officers, Jeremy Burton, said that the event cannot be brushed off as a coincidence.
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During the construction of the memorial, security measures were put in place to ensure that the glass would remain safe. This was done with the use of reinforcements made up of extra panels. With recurrent vandalism attempts, more security measures need to be put in place.
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