Vice prime-minister Ana Birchall wrote a post on Facebook in reaction to the vandalism carried out against the Elie Wiesel Memorial House in Sighetu Marmatiei, saying that it was “an insult” against victims and survivors of the Holocaust and an “unspeakable act of anti-Semitism”.
Birchall added that anti-Semitism, discrimination and violence of any nature are expression forms of intolerance, and that we need to acknowledge and be responsible for our past, so that we can efficiently fight against anti-Semitism, xenophobia and all forms of intolerance, which endanger liberty and cohabitation, things that are at the basis of our civilization.
The Embassy of the United States of America in Romania also reacted to the incident, saying that it “unequivocally condemns” the recent vandalism carried out against the Elie Wiesel House in Sighet. “The statements denigrating Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, President Trump, and other world leaders represent a deplorable anti-Semitic attack and an egregious affront to the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. We call on all to denounce this act and speak up wherever and whenever there is an expression of hatred or prejudice. The Embassy encourages anyone with information about the crime to come forward to assist the Romanian authorities in their investigation,” the Embassy’s statement read.