Concentration Camp Memorial Site Hacked by Neo-Nazis



By: REBECCA BITTON  
Published: July 29th 2010
in News » World

Buchenwald
Pic: Buchenwald

Officials from the Buchenwald concentration camp Holocaust memorial told Associated Press that neo-Nazis hacked the memorial’s website, erasing a list of Holocaust victim names and replacing them with far-right slogans and links to Holocaust denial websites.

 

The hack attack was reported to have occurred Wednesday, said the Buchenwald Foundation while another concentration camp website, Mittelbau-Dora, was also hacked, according to Ha’aretz.

 

Center director Volkhard Knigge told Ha’aretz that the defamation of the important online records using extremist symbols and denial website links was “an attempt to efface the memory of the victims of Nazi crimes.”

 

These records of the Buchenwald camp amount to an estimated 56,000 people killed in the years 1937 to 1945, among them, 11,000 Jews.

 

Messages defaming the site’s content included “We will return and Brown is beautiful.” Brown in this context is making reference to the brown-shirted SA storm troopers of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi army.

 

This is the first criminal attack the concentration camp memorial has ever experienced and police have opened an investigation.

 

Despite the defamers’ best efforts, both hacked-in memorial sites were back up on Thursday.



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