Graffiti was sprayed on the cemetery all wall in Jadownik, a village located near Tarnow in southern Poland. The inscription says “The Jews eat children, Jadowniki eats the Jews”.
Tarnow’s Committee for the Protection of Jewish Heritage invited residents to come together to erase the anti-Semitic graffiti. “Most of Tarnow’s residents are opposed to all forms of racism and anti-Semitism or any discrimination and humiliation of other people due to their origin, appearance, gender, age. We show that in our city, there is no place for this kind of racist act,” the committee said.
For hundreds of years, Tarnow was home to thousands of Jews with the first mention of Jews living in the city in the 15th century.
At the beginning of World War II, there were about 25,000 Jews living in the city, making up almost half of its population. The entire community was deported to concentration camps, death camps or murdered during the Holocaust. The synagogues of the city were destroyed, leaving the cemetery as the sole remnant of Tarnow’s rich Jewish life. In 2015, the wall of the Jewish cemetery was also vandalized by anti-Semitic and nationalist graffiti. A star of David crossed by a line and anti-Semitic slogans.
The cemetery in Tarnow that was restored last month, contains about 3000 tombs, and dates back to the 17th century, with the oldest legible tombstone dating back to 1688.