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$25,000 reward offered to man who vandalized Horwitz Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Square with swastika in Philadelphia

$25,000 reward offered to man who vandalized Horwitz Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Square with swastika in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The dedicated people working at the Horwitz Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza in Philadelphia are asking for the public’s help in finding the person who vandalized it earlier this year.

The vandalism occurred in January, according to authorities.

“Early Sunday morning, around 1:30 a.m. on January 14, a vandal drew a large swastika on the wall of Holocaust Memorial Plaza,” said Eszter Kutas, executive director of the Holocaust Remembrance Foundation. Philadelphia Holocaust.

The Holocaust memorial is located at 16th and Arch streets, near Love Park in the city center.

The Anti-Defamation League released data citing anti-Semitic incidents that have been on the rise since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas.

From October 7, 2023 to January 7, 2024, 554 incidents of anti-Semitic vandalism were recorded nationwide.

That’s a 31% increase from the same period a year ago.

In this incident, the suspect is seen wearing a balaclava, but officials hope his clothing will help identify him.

Swastika found spray painted near Horwitz Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza in Philadelphia

“He was wearing a dark jacket, perhaps brown with a white stripe, and was also wearing black pants and black shoes,” authorities said.

David Adelman, a developer, is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

All you have to do is call the Citizens Crime Commission at 215-546-TIPS. All calls will remain anonymous.

This act of vandalism is personal for Adelman. The plaza is named after his business partner and his grandfather, a Holocaust survivor.

“What we really need is for the general public to support us not only in solidarity but also in action,” he said.

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