After vandalism, Boston Holocaust memorial to be rededicated Tuesday

Event at repaired New England Holocaust Memorial to be attended by Massachusetts governor, city’s mayor

The New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston, Massachusetts. (CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikipedia)
The New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston, Massachusetts. (CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikipedia)

A Holocaust memorial in Boston will be rededicated at a ceremony on Tuesday, after it was recently vandalized.

Tuesday’s event at the repaired New England Holocaust Memorial will be attended by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, as well as representatives from the Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the Jewish Community Relations Council, CBS Boston reported Sunday.

The event, which is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. local time, will also be open to the public, according to the Metro Boston newspaper.

James Issac, 21, of the Roxbury neighborhood, was arrested last month shortly after a glass panel of at the New England Holocaust Museum was smashed with a large rock, the Boston Globe reported at the time. Issac reportedly was identified as the vandal by a witness.

Issac was charged with two counts of willful and malicious destruction of personal property, according to the Globe. He could also face civil rights charges in the incident.

A lawyer for Isaac said he suffers from mental health issues, according to the Boston Herald.

The memorial opened in 1995 in the heart of Boston and is open to the public 24 hours a day. It includes six glass towers representing the 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust, as well as the six major death camps. The towers resemble chimneys built with 132 panes of glass etched with numbers that had been tattooed on the arms of Jews during the Holocaust.

“This morning’s vandalism of the Holocaust memorial site will not be tolerated in Boston,” Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement last month. “Together with the Boston Police, we will make sure anyone involved in this act will be held responsible.”

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