BOSTON – An act of vandalism at the New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston has been met with sharp condemnation from elected officials and religious groups.
Police were called by a witness to the memorial early Wednesday to find a glass panel on one of the memorial's six 54-foot-high towers shattered.
At a news conference at the memorial, Mayor Marty Walsh said the city stands "shoulder to shoulder" with the Jewish community.
The president of Combined Jewish Philanthropies said when Jews hear the sound of breaking glass, "we shudder," a reference to Kristallnacht.
The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said, "Desecration of a religious memorial is always heartbreaking and must be condemned."
A 21-year-old Boston man has been charged and faces arraignment later Wednesday.