The Anti-Defamation League responded to the recent vandalism in Wildwood Cemetery after the story was brought to their attention from a concerned caller. Given that the 10 defaced headstones each had crosses on them, the ADL did not think that this was a hate-driven crime.
“Regardless to whether or not this is a hate crime, desecrating a sacred community space like a cemetery is a very offensive and painful act,” Robert Trestan, regional director of the ADL said in a phone interview. “Somebody chose to use a swastika, which is a universal symbol of hate.”
In a press release, Trestan praised the Winchester Police for “promptly lauching an investigation.”
Ten headstones were defaced on October 25. Department of Public Works pressure washed the orange graffiti off of the headstones the day of the discovery.