Staff members of a theater firm in Melbourne, Australia had been left “upset, angry” and “disgusted” after somebody spraypainted a swastika on a board promoting their manufacturing of The Diary of Anne Frank.
Describing how “some lowlife” had sprayed the swastika on the manufacturing’s board on Saturday, the Peridot Theater Company condemned the act as “sickening.”
The theater manufacturing tells the story of the younger Anne Frank, whose 1942 diaries documenting her household’s expertise hiding from the Nazis throughout their occupation of the Netherlands earlier than they had been discovered have turn out to be a few of the most famous texts to characterize the Holocaust.
In her diaries, the theater manufacturing mentioned: “Anne wrote: ‘I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart’.”
“We are honored to tell Anne’s story,” the theater firm mentioned. “We say NO to hate.”
On Sunday, Peridot thanked group members “for all the messages of support” it had acquired since Saturday’s incident.
“We’ve cleaned up the sign and reported the incident to the police,” the theater firm mentioned.
“The despicable vandalism just underlines the fact that stories such as Anne Frank’s still need telling,” they mentioned.
Peridot added that its Sunday matinee present of the efficiency the night following the incident had been “virtually sold out”—and that the viewers “was hugely complimentary.”
In a press release revealed by SBS News, Chairman of the Anti-Defamation Commission Dr. Dvir Abramovich condemned the incident, saying “this shameful and cowardly desecration of Holocaust remembrance is clearly driven by hate-mongers and bigots who wish to destroy Anne Frank’s enduring legacy and her words of courage and hope that have inspired so many around the world.”
“This is also an attack on the memory on the 1.5 million Jewish children murdered by the Nazis and will shock the conscience of every Australian,” he mentioned.
The incident reportedly got here months after posters of Treasurer Josh Frydenberg had been defaced with anti-Semitic symbols in the identical space.
“As we know, there are still individuals with evil in their hearts walking in our midst, who seek to target Jews and denigrate the Holocaust, using the devil’s tools of intimidation,” Abramovich mentioned. “These despicable and chilling incidents of anti-Semitism and swastika vandalization, that are spreading like wildfire throughout Melbourne, are of grave concern and point to the dangerous uptick in prejudice and intolerance infecting our nation.”
“We hope that the perpetrators of this ugly campaign are identified and are dealt with to the fullest extent of the law,” he mentioned.
Newsweek has contacted Victoria Police to substantiate whether or not an investigation into the incident is at the moment underway.