Published November 12, 2011
New York – Cars have been torched, anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled on sidewalks and "KKK" tagged on a van in an attack on a heavily Jewish neighborhood in New York, on the anniversary of an infamous Nazi attack on Europe's Jews.
The rampage took place in the early hours of Friday morning in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, a neighborhood which is home to a significant-sized group of Holocaust survivors, myFOXny.com reported.
The NYPD Hate Crimes unit has joined investigations into the attacks, which coincides with a brutal Nazi anniversary. Kristallnacht -- or "The Night of Broken Glass" -- refers to a series of attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria, when homes and businesses were ransacked and burned in a coordinated action.
The New York attack left several cars -- including a luxury BMW SUV -- destroyed and park benches covered with swastikas.
"The burning of cars and vandalism of benches in Midwood this morning represents a truly hateful act of prejudice," Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said.
Councilman David Greenfield offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the shocking incident.
Manhattan Borough president Scott Stringer issued a statement saying, "This despicable action was clearly taken to coincide with the anniversary of Kristallnacht, and its anti-Semitic message is unmistakable. But it was not just an act of violence against the Jewish community; it was an assault on human decency."