Vandals steal bronze stars from Holocaust memorial in Milton

MILTON, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts are investigating after vandals stole two bronze Stars of David that had adorned the symbolic grave of a young girl killed in the Holocaust.

The theft from “Myriam’s Memorial” occurred sometime this past weekend at Milton Cemetery. The memorial’s sculptor, 81-year-old Fred Manasse, called the crime a despicable act of hatred.

Manasse, a Waltham resident who was born in Germany, created Myriam’s Memorial to honor his sister and the more than one million children who died during the Holocaust.

Cemetery officials alerted police after staff noticed that the bronze stars were missing from the marble pedestal on Monday.

Therese Desmond, the cemetery’s superintendent, says defacing a memorial to children is just beyond understanding.

Anyone with information regarding the theft is asked to contact Milton police.

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