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Police make arrest in vandalism at Boston Holocaust memorial

Police make arrest in vandalism at Boston Holocaust memorial

Boston police responded to the scene on a witness call at around 2 a.m. and found a glass panel on one of the six 54-foot-high towers at New England Holocaust Memorial shattered.

Reports say that James Isaac, 21, of Roxbury, has been arrested after allegedly throwing a rock and shattering one of the memorial's glass panes.

Isaac was charged with willful and malicious destruction of personal property and willful and malicious destruction of a place of a monument, and he might also face civil rights charges, officials told the Globe. He was held on $750 cash bail for those charges, but he had his bail revoked in an unrelated assault and battery case that is now pending in Chelsea District Court.

The panel that was shattered was covered with millions of numbers representing the infamous tattoos forced onto the arms of Nazi victims. "Together with the Boston Police, we will make sure anyone involved in this act will be held responsible". At the time of his arrest he was wearing a Global Positioning System monitoring device as a condition of his bail for that case.




"As a city, we stand with the Jewish community".

There is 24-hour video surveillance of the memorial, and the council is sharing last night's footage with the Boston Police Department. "It's a bad reminder of awful times", said Barry Schrage, president of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, which manages the memorial.

"When we hear the sound of broken glass, we shudder", said Barry Shrage, CEO of Boston's Combined Jewish Philanthropies, referring to the Kristallnacht pogrom of November 1938.

Isaac is due back in Boston Municipal Court on July 18.


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