Lviv, Ukraine — Oleksandr Nazar of the city’s Sholem Aleichem Jewish Culture Center said that unknown assailants on Wednesday smeared red and blue paint over the memorial in central Lviv. He said the vandals also wrote a statement on the memorial which “humiliates both Jews and Ukrainians.” Local police have launched an investigation.
 Lviv, a vibrant center of Jewish life before the Holocaust, is now home to only a few thousand Jews. Some 1.4 million of Soviet Ukraine’s 2.4 million Jews were executed, starved to death or died of disease during World War II.  Jewish groups report that anti-Semitism persists in Ukraine.
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