June 26, 2020
A mosaic of the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus erected to the memory of Polish soldiers who helped to liberate a Dutch city from the Nazis has been vandalised with Black Lives Matter graffiti.
The 1954 mosaic depicting the Virgin as Our Lady of Częstochowa — better known as the Black Madonna — was defaced with spray-paint and its plinth branded with the letters “BLM” in the city of Breda.
The mosaic memorialises the Free Polish forces of General Stanisław Maczek’s Polish 1st Armoured Division, which liberated the city from its Nazi German occupiers in 1944.
The National Catholic Register quoted Breda’s mayor, Paul Depla,“ as saying that the vandalisation was “particularly sad for the Polish community, for which the monument is of great value”.
Daniel Kawczynski, the Polish-born Conservative MP and Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Poland, told Breitbart London that he was “deeply saddened that the perpetrators of this vandalism clearly don’t understand the powerful meaning to so many Poles of this monument which they have desecrated.”
“So many Polish soldiers died liberating Holland from the evils of Nazi occupation. The Madonna being vandalised adds to the shame for anyone like me who is a Christian, this is deeply hurtful,” he added.
This article was posted: Friday, June 26, 2020 at 3:44 am