Nazi Death March Museum Firebombed
By Associated Press
September 6, 2002, 10:03 AM EDT
BERLIN -- German authorities have posted a $10,000 reward for clues leading to an arrest in the worst anti-Semitic attack on a Holocaust memorial in a decade, the firebombing of a museum honoring the victims of a Nazi death march.
The attack Thursday night destroyed the main exhibition of the death march museum in the Belower Woods, which detailed how the Nazis drove concentration camp inmates deeper into Germany as the Soviet Army advanced at the end of World War II.
Outside the museum, vandals painted a big red swastika and two SS symbols on a memorial, and an anti-Semitic slogan three feet by 18 feet along the base of a large memorial column.
More than 45,000 prisoners forced to march from Ravensbrueck and Sachsenhausen, both in Brandenburg state were gathered in the Belower Woods near Wittstock, 65 miles northwest of Berlin, where 700-800 died of exhaustion and hunger within a few days.