Swastikas carved into Jewish headstones, spray-painted on memorials in Germany

(JTA) — Amid a recent spate of incidents against Jewish targets in Germany, swastikas were etched into headstones at a cemetery.

The vandalism discovered this week in Haren, a northwestern town about 220 miles west of Berlin, is being treated as an anti-Semitic hate crime by police, the dpa news agency reported Tuesday. There are no suspects in custody.

Separately on Monday, unidentified individuals in Chemnitz, 120 miles south of Berlin, spray-painted a swastika in purple on memorial Stolperstein, or “stumbling stones” – brass street tiles that were placed at the former homes of Holocaust victims to commemorate them.

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