A criminal enquiry has been opened in France after anti-Semitic graffiti recalling the darkest days of the Holocaust appeared in Paris.
The word ‘Juden’ – German for Jew – was sprayed in yellow paint on the window of a bagel shop in the city’s 4th arrondissement on Saturday night.
This is the historic area of the capital city where thousands of men, women and children were rounded up by collaborating French police and German soldiers during the Second World War.
Many had 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.
The Bagelstein shop on the Ile St Louis (St Louis Island) was spray painted in yellow with the word 'Juden', meaning Jew in German
The shocking graffiti invokes the memory of the anti-Semitic activity of the Nazis, who worked alongside the rulers of Vichy France to round up Jews in Paris and beyond (pictured: Jewish businesses are attacked in Germany in 1933)
‘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 it the most tragic lessons of history no longer enlighten 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 (St Louis Island) said: ‘We discovered this tag on Saturday morning and it was probably done overnight from Friday to Saturday.’
A Jewish-run shop is tarnished with anti-Semitic graffiti in June 1938 in Berlin, Germany
This was the day that the Yellow Vests – the social movement