Anti-Semitic Posters Featuring Hitler Found at Michigan Synagogue: 'This Was a Cowardly Act'

An investigation has been launched after a synagogue in Michigan was plastered with anti-Semitic posters.

Rabbi Michael Schadick, of the Temple Emanuel in Grand Rapids, found the posters on Sunday morning on the synagogue's front doors, reports The Jerusalem Post.

Schadick said the doors where the posters were placed are the same ones children walk through to get to their Sunday school classes.

One of the posters features an image of Adolf Hitler along with the words "Did you forget about me?" A second calls for a "crusade against Semite led subhumans."

The posters are credited to a far-right group known as the Vorherrschaft Division, who have similar racist images displayed on Deviantart.

Edie Landman, the synagogue's president, said the posters were put up in a "cowardly act done by anti-Semites who are afraid to show their faces."

Others also condemned the act, showing solidarity with the synagogue and the local Jewish community.

"This act of hate has no place here or anywhere," tweeted Rep. Justin Amash.

"The diversity of Grand Rapids is a blessing that makes our community stronger and more beautiful. We are united against any effort to harass or intimidate the congregation of Temple Emanuel or any of our Jewish brothers and sisters."

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss added: "Standing in solidarity with our Jewish friends and neighbors. And standing united in rejecting these acts of hatred and anti-Semitism."

No arrests have been made yet during the investigation. Police said that the vandalism is "particularly disappointing," as it occurred one day after the Lamb of God church in Grand Rapids held a Stop the Violence Summit.

"Hate has no place in our community and will not be tolerated," Chief Eric Payne said in a statement, reported Fox 17. "Our officers work hard everyday to ensure safety and security for everyone in this city."

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said it recorded 1,879 anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. during 2018, including the Tree of Life Synagogue mass shooting that left 11 people dead.

"We've worked hard to push back against anti-Semitism, and succeeded in improving hate crime laws, and yet we continue to experience an alarmingly high number of anti-Semitic acts," Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO and National Director, said in a statement.

"It's clear we must remain vigilant in working to counter the threat of violent anti-Semitism and denounce it in all forms, wherever the source and regardless of the political affiliation of its proponents."

Police are asking anyone with information on the vandalism at Temple Emanuel to contact Grand Rapids Police at 616-456-3400 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

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(File photo) The cupola with the Star of David on the synagogue of the synagogue in Halle, eastern Germany, is seen on October 10, 2019. A synagogue in Michigan has been vandalized with anti-Semitic posters. AXEL SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty
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