Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry

Holocaust Memorial Vandalized in Guernsey (UK). Two Teens Arrested

On 9 August 2013, a plaque commemorating three Jewish victims of the Holocaust in Guernsey was vandalized. The three women were deported from the Channel Island to the coast of France in 1942 and eventually gassed in Auschwitz. The UK Channel Islands were occupied by the Germans during World War II. The three Guernsey Jews are believed to be the only Jews deported from the UK during the war. The plaque reads: “To the memory of Marianne Grunfeld, Auguste Spitz, Therese Steiner, Jewish residents of Guernsey deported to France by the German occupying forces on 21 April 1942. They later died at Auschwitz-Birkenau.” A man and a youth have been arrested following the vandalism.

 

Sources: Jewish Chronicle, 09-Aug-2013; JC, 16-Aug-2013.