Holocaust Memorial in Thessaloniki Vandalized

Vandals spray painted a swastika on the Holocaust Memorial in Thessaloniki, on Friday night.

The Eleftherias Square Memorial, a bronze sculpture that depicts a menorah with human bodies intertwined into its flames, has been the target of far-right saboteurs in the past.

In January, the words “Golden Dawn” — the name of a Greek far-right party — were daubed on the base of the sculpture which commemorates the 54,000 Jewish residents of the city who were deported by the Nazis. Over 90 percent of those deportees were eventually killed.

The sculpture is the last piece designed by acclaimed sculptor Nandor Glid and was completed after his death by his son, Daniel, in 1997.

On Friday police in Thessaloniki used tear gas and a water cannon to disperse anti-government protesters opposed to a proposed agreement with neighbor FYROM that would end a decades-long name dispute.