(JNS.org) Boston police Wednesday arrested a 21-year-old man who is suspected of vandalizing the city’s Holocaust memorial.
James E. Isaac was arrested and charged with willful and malicious destruction of property, as well as destruction of a place of memorial, according to Boston Police Department spokesman Stephen McNulty.
The New England Holocaust Memorial, erected in 1995, was designed with six luminous glass towers symbolizing the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust and the six main Nazi death camps.
The vandalism drew condemnation from Jewish and city leaders.
“When we hear the sound of broken glass, we shudder,” said Barry Shrage, CEO of Boston’s Combined Jewish Philanthropies, referring to the Kristallnacht pogrom of November 1938.
“This morning’s vandalism of the Holocaust memorial site will not be tolerated in Boston,” said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. “Together with the Boston police, we will make sure anyone involved in this act will be held responsible.”