October 8th, 2018–
For Immediate Release:
The Fairfax County police reported that 19 swastikas were painted on the JCC of Northern Virginia on Saturday morning. This was the second time within the past year and a half that the Jewish Community Center in Fairfax County has been vandalized with Nazi imagery. This act of vandalism struck at the heart of everyone in their community. Members and children who attend programs at the JCC come from all faiths and backgrounds.
As we continue to see increased anti-Semitic and racist events around the country, we at the Virginia Holocaust Museum condemn this and any act of hatred and intimidation. We stand in solidarity with the Northern Virginia community, and we are committed to standing up against bigoted ideologies. The JCC will continue to be a home where the people gather and encourage each other.
We, the people of Virginia, need to join together to show there’s no place for those who feel emboldened by anti-Semitism, racism, or hate. We urge that anyone with information that may lead to the identification of the perpetrator to come forward and talk to authorities. We are confident that law enforcement will investigate this incident thoroughly.
Executive Director of the Virginia Holocaust Museum
Mission of the Virginia Holocaust Museum
The Virginia Holocaust Museum preserves and documents the Holocaust in exhibits and its archival collections. Through the permanent exhibit, educational programming, and outreach, the museum employs the history of the Holocaust and other genocides to educate and inspire future generations of Virginians to fight prejudice and indifference.