Officials on Monday discovered that the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum had been vandalized with graffiti in Hebrew paying tribute to Adolph Hitler. Messages were also found denouncing Zionism.
The Huffington Post reports that vandals were able to break into the museum and spray paint messages in 12 different places inside the memorial. This is particularly shocking considering that the premises are supposed to be under security 24 hours a day.
Specific areas where the graffiti was found include Warsaw Ghetto Square and the area next to the cattle car memorial, according to France 24.
According to the BBC, one particular message read, "If Hitler had not existed, the Zionists would have invented him." Another read, "Hitler, thank you for the Holocaust."
One message which states, "The war of the Zionist regime is not the war of the Jewish people," leads some to believe that the vandals were part of a fringe group of ultra-Orthodox Jews who are strongly opposed to the Zionist movement.
Authorities are still investigating the incident.
Yad Vashem is one of the largest Holocaust museums in the world. It serves as a memorial and education center in honor of the approximately six million Jews who were murdered under the Nazi regime.