Simpsons Holocaust mural targeted by ‘anti-Semitic’ vandalists


The Simpsons holocaust mural

The Simpsons mural was vandalised on Holocaust Remembrance Day (Picture: aleXsandro Palombo)

A powerful Simpsons mural that depicts the characters as prisoners in a Nazi concentration camp has been vandalised in what is believed to be an ‘anti-Semitic’ attack. 

The poignant piece shows Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie in Auschwitz uniforms with yellow Stars of David on their chests – something Jews were forced to wear in order to identify them. It was created by art activist aleXsandro Palombo just three months ago and painted onto the walls of the Shoah Memorial Museum in Italy’s Milan. 

Now ‘Track 21, the Simpsons deported to Auschwitz’ has been cruelly damaged with black paint and lines scrawled across the cartoon characters. 

The crime took place on Yom HaShoah, which is known in English as Holocaust Remembrance Day when the 6 million Jewish lives lost are commemorated. 

However, the vandalists’ attempts to destroy the work and its message have ‘failed’ says Palombo. 

‘Track 21, the Simpsons deported to Auschwitz’ before the crime (Picture: PIERO CRUCIATTI/AFP via Getty Images)

‘They failed. This strong anti-Semitic act highlights the danger of indifference, of oblivion and forces us to a visual stumble that reveals reality, hatred, racism, cruelty and prejudice towards Jews,’ Palombo told Newsweek. 

The President of the memorial, Roberto Jarach, posted on Instagram about the attack, informing followers that they will be checking CCTV to try and decipher who is responsible. 

He then wrote: ‘What worries us is to see in this act a possible revisionist and anti-Semitic tendency. 

‘What we hope is that the rest of the citizenry will respond with its opposite, with solidarity and empathy, demonstrating that the fight against indifference is the key to overcoming racist and anti-democratic tendencies.’

Palombo created two murals (Picture: Nicola Marfisi/AGF/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

He also shared his hope that Palombo would return to the mural to ‘fix’ or ‘expand’ the work.

The Italian artist also painted a mural of the Simpsons family before they were sent to a concentration camp, which was undamaged.

In this painting, the characters are instead dressed in their normal clothes, but still wearing the Star of David badge.

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Palombo previously spoke about the work saying: ‘These works are a visual stumble that forces us to see what we no longer see.

‘The most terrible things can become reality and art has the duty to remember them because it is a powerful antidote against oblivion.’

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