Artist restores graphitized portraits of Holocaust survivor

Posted at 8:39 AM, Feb 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-13 08:39:48-05

PARIS (AP) — Portraits of a prominent Holocaust survivor that were daubed with swastikas in Paris this week have been restored by the artist who made them.

An unknown vandal was discovered Monday to have attacked images of Simone Veil, the survivor of Nazi death camps and a European Parliament president who died in 2017. They were painted on mailboxes near a town hall in the southeast of the French capital.

On Tuesday, artist Christian Guemy, who also goes by the name C215, tweeted a photo of the restored images.

He said: "Simone Veil is back ... stronger than the barbarity of anonymous people."

According to French authorities, registered incidents of anti-Semitism rose to 541 last year from 311 in 2017, an increase of 74 percent.