Vandals draw swastika on monument of Yiddish author Sholem Aleichem in Kyiv

The incident took place in front of a synagogue on Monday morning
09:30, 25 November 2019

Swastika, Monument of Sholem Aleichem in Kyiv, November 2019
Chief Rabbi of Ukraine Rabbi Moshe Reuven Azman Facebook

A group of culprits puts a swastika on the monument of Sholem Aleichem in Kyiv. The incident took place in front of a synagogue in the Ukrainian capital.

Chief Rabbi of Ukraine Moshe Reuven Asman reported that on his Facebook page.

"Another provocation against our synagogue... today in the morning", he wrote, enclosing the photo of the monument after the incident.

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One of Rabbi's followers wrote that the vandals were filmed by video surveillance cameras and the TruCAM devices. 

In September, some vandals painted the monument to Holocaust victims in the Mykolaiv region, southern Ukraine. The culprits put swastikas on the memorial and left a threatening note on it. Director of Ukrainian Jewish Committee Eduard Dolynsky posted that on his Facebook page.

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Sholem Aleichem or Sholem Rabinovitsh (1859 - 1916) is a popular author, the humorist, noted for his many Yiddish stories of life in the shtetl. He was born and grew up in a shtetl in the Poltava Governorate of the Russian Empire (now in the Kyiv region). After witnessing the pogroms that swept through southern Russia in 1905, including Kyiv, Sholem Aleichem left the city and resettled to New York City, where he arrived in 1906. He is one of the preeminent classical writers of modern Yiddish literature. When Twain heard of the writer called "the Jewish Mark Twain," he replied "please tell him that I am the American Sholem Aleichem.

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