This is a developing story.
Update (July 23): A suspect has been identified in the case. Read more here.
The Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation and police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who defaced the Horwitz-Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza on the morning of June 16, according to PHRF Executive Director Eszter Kutas.
Security footage saw the man walk on Arch Street along the plaza, pick up a rock and then etch symbols on some of the plaza’s six pillars. He defaced two pillars with “RBM” and a third with SS bolts, a known white supremacist/neo-Nazi symbol.
The man appears to be white and between the ages of 25 and 40.
Since the incident, PHRF has been in close contact with the Philadelphia Police Department, Central Detective Division and the Delaware Valley Intelligence Center.
“We are disappointed that in a city like Philadelphia, which is the birthplace of democracy and which stands for tolerance and advocates for harmony among all the people that live here, that something like this could happen, that a person spreads hateful sentiments and vandalizes a site that is dedicated to really teach the lessons of the worst genocide in human history,” Kutas said.
If you see the suspect, do not approach him; call 911 instead. To submit a tip via telephone, dial 215-686-TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPD TIP or 773847. Tips can also be submitted electronically via this form. All tips will be confidential.